July in Sonoma
Drought Fighting Tools
by Master Gardener Stephanie Wrightson
Food Gardening in 2015
The Food Gardening Specialists (FGS) is a subgroup of Sonoma County Master Gardeners. Members have specialty training and a passion for growing food. Their first planning meeting of 2015 last month started with a question: What new thing are you going to do in your food garden this year? The answers were varied with a few themes weaving throughout—not the least of which was food gardening with less water.
GardenSense - On-site WaterWise Garden Consultations
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.
Drought Management Guidelines is the master document and addresses all aspects of gardening with lower water
Food Gardening with Less Water discusses how to be water-wise and successful growing a food garden during a drought.
Drought Resistant Crops lists edible varieties that require less water than normal.
How Much Water Does My Food Garden Need? is exactly what the title says
A More In-Depth Look at Food Gardening with Less Water is also self-explanatory
Ask a Master Gardener
Questions and Answers from the Helpline
Projects Around the County
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
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Sundays with Sue
By SCMG Sue Lovelace
SUNDAYS WITH SUE:
Just when I thought eating from the garden couldn't get any better, a few tomatoes got ripe: 'Berkeley Tie Dye Pink'. First year growing these sweet, juicy, mouthwatering tomatoes and am glad I did! That is, if the rest of them ever ripen! Perhaps, this slow ripening process is creating an anticipation that would make any tomato taste good! I am not complaining. There has been plenty of bounty. I have to tell you about the corn: I planted 8 early variety corn plants in two wine barrels along with squash and bush beans to create a 3 sister's garden. The corn has been baring, like crazy, with sweet, juicy, yellow ears. What a treat! The squash and bush beans are not holding up as well in the close quarters of the wine barrels. Pole beans would have grown better by reaching for the light. I planted bush thinking they would mature earlier. Lesson learned. Luckily pole beans were planted elsewhere. As we love beans! I can't say enough about the heirloom purple pole beans. They have been producing for weeks and the blossoms are a beautiful lavender color which makes for a beautiful backdrop. They are delicious and I love the way they show up on the green vine when ripe, which makes them easier to harvest.
Zuchini, yellow squash, 'Lemon' cucumbers and peppers show up every day. We particularly enjoy 'Padron' peppers. An heirloom from Spain, they are exquisite sautéed until blistered in olive oil and eaten whole. A real delicacy!
The tomatillos are spreading out and fruiting, and the eggplants have beautiful flowers.' Gravenstein' apples are small but ready to be picked. Lots to look forward to! Have a wonderful day!
"Then followed that beautiful season... Summer....
Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape
Lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood."
-- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Master Gardeners in Print
Getting a Grip on Drought
This spring, we’ll likely see more plants coming out of the ground than going in. But that doesn’t have to be a discouraging thought. With our heightened awareness of limited water resources, it’s easier to admit that, like an over-filled closet or garage, our gardens could use a cleaning out. Read More>
Master Gardeners in the News
Several other master gardeners write about gardening, and are often sought by newspapers and publications for opinions about gardening topics.
SCMG's Sara Malone and Joe Michalek were featured in this PressDemo article on greenhouses.
SCMG Sara Malone was featured recently in the Press Democrat discussing drought tolerant trees from the Top Plants of Sonoma Count.
Master Gardener Anne Brewer's Sonoma garden is featured in this PD article.
Master Gardeners Janet Barroco and Ellyn Pelikan feature in this PD article on Tea Gardening.
Farm Advisor Paul Vosson and Master Gardener Sandy Metzger comment on gardening in the drought in the Press Democrat
Master Gardener Heidi Stewart on worm composting in the Press Demo.
Master Gardener Ann Chambers' work is highlighted in this PD article on orchids.
Master Gardeners Susan Foley and Sandy Main are featured in this PD article on succulents.
SCMG Website Editor Sara Malone's garden was featured in Fine Gardening Magazine.
Master Gardener Sara Malone's Petaluma winter-colorful "form and foliage" garden is featured in an article in the Press Democrat by Rosemary McCreary.
Farm Advisor Paul Vossen prepared a presentation on Controlling Gophers and Moles.
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