Gardening Articles

Below are gardening-specific posts from The Compulsive Gardener blog. I hope you will enjoy them and write in to chat — over the garden fence, as it were. Check back often for more posts on all things gardening!

This gardening blog and website began at the end of the first year of the pandemic — a year that brought so many challenges to us all. One bright spot though, was the tremendous surge of gardening that happened, among both new and seasoned gardeners.

As I said in my welcome post, the garden has for decades been an important source of sanctuary for me, of de-stressing, of nourishment, exercise, enjoyment and connection. I wish that for everyone, especially during these continued difficult times. So I hope this helps fertilize the inspiration — that as many of you as possible can find continued sustenance and peace in your potagers or local parks, your windowsill greenery or indoor oasis, your allotment or balcony gardens. And if you cannot go outside right now, I hope you will find some measure of relief and feeling of nature’s connection here and with other gardeners sharing what they can online. And I also hope you have a window filled with open sky and visiting birds and the waft of fresh air carrying the scents of nature to you.

The Summer of Buckets !
The Summer of Buckets !

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”

Flowering Crabapple with bumblebee
Flowering Crabapple with bumblebee

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”

California Poppies and old shed
California Poppies and old shed

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.

Garden getting a granite buffer zone
Garden getting a granite buffer zone

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”

Flowering Crabapple Tree
Flowering Crabapple Tree

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”

JAWS and claws -- gophers in the garden
JAWS and claws — gophers in the garden | digital rendition

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”

Plumcot tree blosssoms
I think this is a grafted plumcot. It’s relatively new but we planted three new fruit trees at the same time and I can’t remember which is which.

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”


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