May in Sonoma
by SCMG Barbara Kirbach
Drought Fighting Tools
by Master Gardener Ellie Samuel
Cucumbers (Cucumis sativus) have been grown for approximately 3,000 years.
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
Sudden Oak Death is spreading in Sonoma county. A group of Master Gardeners have received advanced training in SOD and are conducting talks and preventive treatment demonstration workshops throughout 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
|For the Love of Berries||6/6/2015|
Sundays with Sue
By SCMG Sue Lovelace
SUNDAYS WITH SUE:
This will also be the weekend to plant my heirloom 'Bullnose' pepper. This sweet pepper has been passed down from the 1800's and was grown in Thomas Jefferson's garden at Monticello and is still being grown there today. There is something very satisfying about starting the seed and growing a vegetable that has been passed down through history, and I feel very fortunate to have some to plant. I lost a bunch of seedlings to a snail rampage in the greenhouse and two survived and are now ready for their debut in the garden. Do you have any heirlooms you are excited about growing? Please share with us on Facebook.
Speaking of the greenhouse, Asian eggplants are ready to go and will be planted soon. No hurry, as the weather has been pretty cool and they definitely like heat.
The "Wall Street Journal" shared an interesting study, today: In areas of the world where people live the longest, there is one constant vegetable. Do you know what it is? There are other contributing factors to their longevity such as a strong community and exercise, but vegetable diets are clearly present. (Oh! Beans is the vegetable that all the areas ate as a strong part of their diets)
Sad about Sonoma Compost. What an incredible service Will Bakx and his company have contributed to our gardening community. Many of us will feel the loss, unfortunately.
Have a wonderful weekend.
"No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden." Thomas Jefferson
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.
SCMG Editorial Board
Website Editorial Staff
Sara Malone-Editor in Chief
Webmaster: Steven Hightower
Kitchen Garden Editor: Stephanie Wrightson
Laura Salo Long