February in Sonoma County
California Natives for a Sustainable Landscape
Sonoma County Master Gardener information on California natives includes:
The practices of sustainable gardening, especially by a large portion of home gardeners, can have an immediate and positive impact on the environment. Home and community food gardeners have a number of sustainable practices available to them. Read more.
GardenSense - On-site WaterWise Garden Consultations
Sonoma County residents wishing to schedule a garden consultation can click here.
Sonoma County Master Gardeners are partnered with the Sonoma County Water Agency on a 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
|Making Your Sonoma County Garden More Sustainable-Cloverdale||2/25/2017|
|Pruning Workshop - RP/Cotati||2/25/2017|
|Sudden Oak Death Workshops-Petaluma Seed Bank||3/2/2017|
Find links to workshop handouts under Resources/Workshop Handouts.
Sundays with Sue
By SCMG Sue Lovelace
SUNDAYS WITH SUE - February 19, 2017
I have 12 buckets out to catch the rain and use when things dry out. As mentioned last week, my pots for seeding summer crops are out getting a good rinsing, as well. I told you I was an opportunist! Water is a precious resource, drought or no drought, and I can not bare to waste it!
Having said all of this, I hope everyone will be safe from falling trees, mudslides, and flooding with the upcoming deluge.
"I have never had so many good ideas day after day as when I worked in the garden." ~John Erskine
Master Gardeners in Print
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
Stepping stones and bench placement
Webmasters: Kim Roche, Stan Pawlak
Food Gardening Editor: Stephanie Wrightson
Staff Photographers and Videographers
Electra de Peyster
Laura Salo Long