The October garden is a wild thing–overgrown and intertwined–with the last of summer’s exuberance. The squash tendrils have crept like fog and pulled themselves into uncharted lands and left behind bizarre shapes in their path. Cooler nights are leaving little patches of plant cemeteries littered here and there, joining the falling leaves of the grandfatherContinue reading “October Garden–fall harvests, winter crops, tucking the worms in & sharing the abundance”
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Is It A Ladybug Picnic?
The garden seems to be a popular place for ladybugs this year. I’m seeing many more than usual, even for spring. Online, the local gardeners seem to be saying the same thing, so maybe we’re having a bumper year for them here? Here are 6,000 photos of them for #sixonsaturday. Just kidding, only a fewContinue reading “Is It A Ladybug Picnic?”
Six Sun-kissed Succulents
I’ve been longing to participate in the Six-On-Saturday blog-fest again (see The Propagator) but in the mega-drought we are experiencing here in the western U.S., the garden is a shadow of its usual glory. So, I’m going to jump in with some sturdy succulents for now! And, to perk up the post, I made someContinue reading “Six Sun-kissed Succulents”
Sun & Sunflowers (and a very dry summer)
I thought I’d start with something cheery. Certain flowers, like daffodils or sunflowers, just brighten the moment — a garden anti-depressant — kissing your face with affectionate optimism and inducing an autonomic smile. I think I’d be going nuts by now if I didn’t have a garden and I wish I had magical powers toContinue reading “Sun & Sunflowers (and a very dry summer)”
Garden Fountains for Bird & Bee Habitat
Water fountains bring birds and a relaxing vibe to your garden. Year-round garden interest and habitat for birds, honeybees and hummingbirds.
Frog Opera Farm
Start your own frog habitat! How to make a pond for tadpoles and California tree frogs.
Welcome to the Compulsive Gardener Blog!
Welcome to this garden blog for seasoned gardeners & gardening for beginners. Focus on Sonoma County, California. Fruits & veggies, herbs and flowers, habitat and upcycling.