The Summer of Buckets — Extreme Drought & Early Wildfire Season In the Garden

The Summer of Buckets You’ve heard of the Summer of Love, right? Well I propose that 2021 here in Northern California be called the Summer of Buckets. There are buckets in all the sinks — to collect dish-washing and handwashing water, a bucket in the tub to catch the water as it warms for aContinue reading “The Summer of Buckets — Extreme Drought & Early Wildfire Season In the Garden”

May In the Garden — a joy even during drought

Even a Sprinkle Is Welcome During Drought! A few days after my last garden blog post, we received a tiny bit of rain: about a tenth of an inch. Even such a small amount was welcome to ease the drought we are facing here. The garden is still green–as is the norm for spring–but withContinue reading “May In the Garden — a joy even during drought”

April Garden — California Poppies, Veggie Seedlings, Critter Habitat & Prep for Drought & Wildfire

The California poppies and lupines are abloom in Sonoma County, and so are lilacs and foxgloves and columbine. Pipevine swallowtails are mating and tree swallows returning for the summer. Keep up with the wildfire safety and drought preparedness steps taken by organic gardening blog of The Compulsive Gardener.

Drought and Wildfire Resilience In the Garden

“Farming needs a kind of toughness, doesn’t it…?” says Edith from Downton Abbey — one of our favorite lines we quote to each other in amusement. Same with the garden and it’s time to talk about some tough subjects affecting the garden here: drought and wildfires. Though I’ve been busy with the usual spring gardenContinue reading “Drought and Wildfire Resilience In the Garden”

What’s Been Happening In the Early April Garden

Garden Flowers and Scents to Balm the Spirit This week, the garden soothed worries, as it so often does, with the comfort and enjoyment of the squiggling tadpoles, the pipevine butterflies, and the blossoms of the flowering crabapples, flowering currants, ceanothus and pear trees. Wandering through the garden, I’m often taken aback by lovely aromas.Continue reading “What’s Been Happening In the Early April Garden”

Protecting Shrubs and Trees from Gophers

Gophers In Your Garden When I think of gophers, in my mind’s eye I see the flyer for JAWS, only instead of the shark there is a Monster Gopher coming up from the soil depths (with ominous music) to ravage a poor tree. My oft-mentioned gopher casualty is in the photo to the right: aContinue reading “Protecting Shrubs and Trees from Gophers”

Burgeoning Spring

Happy Spring! It’s officially Spring and there is so much happening in the garden that there is little time to write about it. The plum and nectarine blossoms of last month are doing a slow fade-out and I almost don’t notice because perky young leaves are taking over the show. While carting around plants orContinue reading “Burgeoning Spring”

Asparagus and Oyster Mushroom Harvest

The asparagus is starting to pop up! And not a minute too soon, as the winter broccoli is starting to flower and frankly, I was getting tired of eating it. This is nice timing with some King Oyster mushrooms just now fruiting. They are being grown from a kit by Field & Forest Products —Continue reading “Asparagus and Oyster Mushroom Harvest”

When to Prune Garden Fruit trees, Flowering Shrubs and Perennials

After my last post, Time for a Tidy in the Spring Garden and Plant Nursery, there were a couple of questions about when to prune different plants in the garden, so I thought I would mull that over with you a little. It’s a big topic so we probably need to sit down in ourContinue reading “When to Prune Garden Fruit trees, Flowering Shrubs and Perennials”

Time for a Tidy in the Spring Garden and Plant Nursery

It’s early spring in Sonoma County and time for a garden tidy of any of last years overgrowth, perennials, and remaining dormant pruning. Best time to plant out any shrubs or trees from your propagated nursery stock. Also a few favorite flower blooms from gardening blog of the-compulsive-gardener.com

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