September in Sonoma
Santolina chamaecyparissus: Workhorse of the Drought Tolerant Garden
By Sonoma County Master Gardener Sandy Metzger
by SCMG Sandy Main
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
Harvest for the Hungry Garden
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
|Fall Food Gardening||9/20/2014|
|Moles & Gophers-Petaluma||9/27/2014|
|Planning Low-Water Gardens-Grnvl||9/27/2014|
Sundays with Sue
By SCMG Sue Lovelace
Have you ever met someone, who by their beliefs and actions, could make a big impact on the world? Well, I did yesterday and really want to share with you a tour of Singing Frogs Farm in Sebastapol by it's owner, farmer Paul Kaiser and his family. This CSA farm fully demonstrates the miraculous results of no-till, hedgerow lined, year round, fully organic, sustainable gardening. Paul explained how tilling the soil before planting (or anytime) "damages the life in the soil, depletes soil of vital nutrients while volatilizing those nutrients in the atmosphere creating abundant greenhouse gases". I urge any of you to take a tour of his farm and hear how they have been doing this for many years.
Paul Kaiser was one of the many speakers at the National Heirloom Exposition this week. I was able to attend this incredible event and enjoyed the displays and tastings of every fruit and vegetable under the sun. I attended presentations by Robert Kourik, renowned in this county for his books on Roots and Irrigation and an inspiring one by The School Garden Network, an organization (pioneered by Alice Waters) devoted to teaching children about the connection of food to the garden.
Back to my year round garden: I am still harvesting those "Blue Coco" beans! My succession crop has grown a ton this week with all of the heat. The cucumbers are winding through the garden. I started seeds in pots to be transplanted of lettuce, kale, spinach and arugula. Tomatoes are ripening with the heat, as well.
Come and say "Hi" at our Fall Food Gardening workshop next Saturday (20th at 10:30am)) at the Sierra Youth Center in Sonoma.
Master Gardeners in Print
Bold, Beautiful Vines
Rosemary's Recent Articles
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.
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.
SCMG Editorial Board
Website Editorial Staff
Sara Malone-Editor in Chief
Editor and Webmaster: Steven Hightower
Kitchen Garden Editor: Stephanie Wrightson
Laura Salo Long