February in Sonoma
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Master Gardener Class of 2016
In January, forty individuals begin their training for the UC Sonoma Master Gardener Program of Sonoma County. These Sonoma County Master-Gardeners-to-be have a really exciting training program ahead of them (and lots of study and hands-on training). They were selected from a group of over 100 who submitted applications and underwent an interview process. It was a difficult selection process—there were SO MANY well-qualified and super-motivated applicants.
The master gardener trainees will learn from instructors with a variety of backgrounds: college professors, gardening professionals and others who are masters in their fields. In four months, they will experience an overview of a four-year program in horticulture and related subjects. They will be in the classroom absorbing information, in the field pruning, in the lab looking at insects under microscopes, in gardens filled with native and low-water plants, etc.
We are fortunate and excited to have such dedicated individuals to volunteer in a multitude of programs and projects that provide gardening education to Sonoma County home gardeners. A big welcome to our trainees!
Sonoma County Master Gardener Class of 2016
Master Gardeners Barb Triol (holding mike) and Jack Leuzta welcome the Class of 2016
Food Gardening Specialists in 2016
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
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Sundays with Sue
By SCMG Sue Lovelace
SUNDAYS WITH SUE
Master Gardeners in Print
Homegrown: Boost soil with wood ashes
Farmers have long recycled wood ashes in fields and growing beds, putting to work the nutrients that remain after wood burns. Read More>
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/
The Garden Doctors
Dana Lozano & Gwen Kilchherr
Webmaster: Kim Roche
Food Gardening Editor: Stephanie Wrightson
Laura Salo Long