April in Sonoma
Spotlight on Jail Industries
by SCMG Bill Klausing
2014 Bloomin' Backyards Preview
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
GROWING TOMATOES WITH LESS WATER
by Sonoma County Master Gardener Elaine Walter
GardenSense - On-site WaterWise Garden Consultations
Sonoma County Master Gardeners are deep into a new project called GardenSense. Created in collaboration with the Sonoma County Water Agency, the project is intended to help local gardeners further improve their water conservation. 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 irrigation assessment, suggestions for improving water efficiency, advice on lawn removal and replacement with low water use plants and more. SCMG President and GardenSense Project Leader Phyllis Turrill states: "This project is going to be a great help to Sonoma County gardeners looking to reduce their water bills, and beautify their landscape at the same time".
Sonoma County residents wishing to schedule a garden consultation can click here.
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. They provide gardening help and information for Sonoma County home gardeners, and give classes, seminars and workshops throughout the county.
UCCE Farm Advisor: Paul Vossen
SCMG Coordinator: Mimi Enright
|Great Tomatoes- Sonoma||4/26/2014|
Sundays with Sue
By SCMG Sue Lovelace
I am slowly pulling winter veggies to make room for warm weather stuff. Yes, it is a bit early, but I am using row covers to keep temps warmer at night. Because I am confining my summer planting to one large bed, strategic planning is in order. I continue to plug up irrigation to perennials that I hope are established enough and save my water for edibles. The artichokes are being eaten! We did a taste test between 'Violetta' and 'Green Globe'. 'Violetta' was the clear winner- such a rich flavor! The potatoes in the new potato tower have started sprouting out the sides. Exciting! I planted several varieties and it seems like they are all doing well. Will see if I can get a picture up next week.
Report from the BBY Gardens: I must say both gardens (Cathy and Anne's) are indeed fabulous and need little help from our Edible Landscape committee. However, since each garden has many educational components to it, each committee decides how they will use a particular area to educate. Leading to our area, are rows of grapevines with beautiful red poppies growing underneath. Earlier in the winter, there were yellow calendulas where the poppies are now. In our Edible Landscape (already full with herbs,artichokes and flowering perennials), we decided to bring in more red ( salvias, red chard, nasturtiums, etc.) plus add accents of chartreuse ( 'Golden Feverfew', 'Golden Oregano', and 'Lemon Thyme'). Cathy's raised veggie beds are already bursting with warm weather plants. The town of Sonoma warms up faster than many of us. The "Lady Bug" was on one of the poppies!
Master Gardeners in Print
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.
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.
The Sonoma Community Center WaterWise Demo Garden, the Healdsburg Firesafe Garden and the Jail Industries Superstars plant propagation facility are all talked up in this Press Democrat article by Meg McConahey.
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.
SCMG Editorial Board
Sara Malone - Editor in Chief
Website Editorial Staff
Editor and Webmaster: Steven Hightower
Kitchen Garden Editor: Stephanie Wrightson
Laura Salo Long