May in Sonoma
GardenSense - On-site WaterWise Garden Consultations
GARDEN SENSE PROGRAM RECEIVES 1ST PLACE AWARD IN INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION'S SEARCH FOR EXCELLENCE
Sonoma County residents wishing to schedule a garden consultation can click here.
Sonoma County Master Gardeners have partnered with the Sonoma County Water Agency on a new project called GardenSense. The project is intended to help local gardeners further improve their water conservation practices. A free on-site consultation by a pair of GardenSense Consultants will demonstrate to residents how to easily conserve water (and save money) by creating a climate-appropriate garden that is healthy, environmentally sound, and most of all – beautiful!
Topics covered in consultations include advice on lawn removal, low water use plants appropriate to your site, conversion of sprinklers to drip irrigation, an irrigation assessment including overall suggestions for improving water efficiency, and sustainable garden practices.
Growing a Thriving Vegetable Garden with Less Water
The Food Gardening Specialists (FGS) of the UCCE Sonoma Master Gardeners are excited to present water-wise food gardening strategies. Given our hot, dry summers along with the prediction of extended drought, we can’t afford to waste a drop. This video demonstrates how home and community gardeners can grow a thriving vegetable garden with less water. In addition, this video is complemented by a planting scheme and a drip system instruction and shopping list that reflect the 4x8-foot demonstration vegetable bed in the video. Click here for these documents along with additional helpful documents for food gardening with less water.
Ask a Master Gardener
Questions and Answers from the Helpline
Master Gardener-staffed Help Desks are located
at Sonoma County Farmers' Markets and Fairs
Master Gardeners are volunteers trained by the UC Davis Cooperative Extension.
Sonoma County Master Gardeners will provide environmentally sustainable, science-based horticultural information to all of Sonoma County’s population. We strive for diversity and inclusion in all aspects of our organization.
UCCE Farm Advisor: Paul Vossen
SCMG Coordinator: Mimi Enright
Group Ticket Sales for BBY 2016
Individual Tickets on sale:
June 1, 2016
|Composting & Vermicomposting Workshop-Windsor||6/11/2016|
|High Efficiency Irrigation for the Home Landscape-Petaluma||6/16/2016|
|Composting & Vermicomposting Workshop-SR (Spanish Only)||6/18/2016|
|Composting & Vermicomposting Workshop-Santa Rosa||7/9/2016|
Seed Bank Speaker Series
The UC Master Gardener Program of Sonoma County is excited to announce a new speaker program in cooperation with the Petaluma Seed Bank. Sustainable landscape practices is the focus of the program and will consist of 6 presentations. Read More about this speaker series>
Sundays with Sue
By SCMG Sue Lovelace
SUNDAYS WITH SUE
Speaking of remembering loved ones, memory gardens or plants are wonderful and plentiful in our yard. Roses, apples, hollyhocks, natives, citrus trees, herb gardens, and more are little venues where thoughts of loved ones can be more intimate or very practical. They also become unique ways to label plants ("I am going out to pick a few of Dad's apples or Gramma's roses are blooming again!"). Rosemary is a plant that stands for remembrance, therefore, making it a gift I like to give when there is a loss or an event to remember.
Hopefully, this weekend will see me finishing up my warm weather planting (Yes, still sticking things in the ground!). As usual, I planted two tomatoes ('Carmello' and 'Berkeley Tie Dye Pink') in the front yard and made sure they were amply irrigated. The corn is getting very tall in the backyard as are the green beans. The 'Scarlet Runner Bean' is almost to the top of an arch and I have added a second (Picture next week) arch to start training a fig to climb over it. Sounds crazy, I know, but another good adventure. Going in today are zinnias and sunflowers and if I get out early enough, pruning the espaliered trees is in order. This is a good time to light prune so that more energy goes into fruit production. Up for haircuts are apples, pears, pomegranate and fig. Wish me luck!
Whether you are planting, pondering, remembering, or simply enjoying, please do have a safe, relaxing, whatever you want, week.
Master Gardeners in Print
Rosemary McCreary is a gardener extraordinaire and Sonoma County Master Gardener in addition to being a professional writer and author. For 17 years, she shared her gardening wisdom with us in The Press Democrat. She's ending that adventure with her final Homegrown column. This last article is a great reflection on how our idea of gardening in Sonoma County has changed, and what a blessing it is to live here. Thank you Rosemary!
Form and Foliage
Delight your senses: visit Sonoma County Master Gardener Sara Malone's Form and Foliage blog. Janice LeCocq, photographer of Sara's Petaluma garden, gives us her unique perspective. https://formandfoliage.wordpress.com/
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