August in Sonoma
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 reflects 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.
DIY Drought Solutions in Santa Rosa
This is your chance to talk with the Sonoma Master Gardener Garden Sense consultants! They will be one of the exhibitors at the free DIY Drought Solutions on Saturday, Aug 29, 10am-2pm, Santa Rosa City Hall. The Garden Sense reps will be presenting two workshops on 'Sprinkler to Drip Irrigation Conversion': one at 10:30am and one at 12:30pm. Click here for more info about the SCMG Garden Sense program and/or to sign up on-line for a free at-home water-wise consultation (Sonoma County home gardeners only).
Brussels Sprouts. You say you don't like Brussels sprouts. But have you tried home-grown ones? It's like the difference between store-bought and home-grown tomatoes. August is a good month to start this nutritious fall veggie so that it has enough time to reach maturity before winter.
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.
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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|DIY Drought Solutions-Santa Rosa City Hall||8/29/2015|
|The Single Best Thing You Can Do for Your Garden- RP/Cotati||8/29/2015|
|Planting the Fall and Winter Vegetable Garden-Clvrdl||9/12/2015|
|The Wonderful World of Worms-Petaluma||9/12/2015|
Sundays with Sue
By SCMG Sue Lovelace
SUNDAYS WITH SUE:
This weekend I am seeding cool weather veggies like lettuce, spinach, bunching onions, cabbage, arugula, kale (maybe, a couple sprouting broccolis) and mustard in 4 inch pots to get started for transplant when the space is available in the garden. The timing is tricky. The weather has to be warm enough to germinate seeds and develop young seedlings so that they are strong enough to survive frosts. However, if the weather is too warm for too long, the plants will bolt. Makes life interesting!
Figs are coming fast, now, and actually are pretty big for figs in a pot. Pears, peaches and apples are, as well. I am still cutting off fire blight from the pear trees. Sad to be doing it, but I think it's the only way to keep it under control.
Hope all is well with you all. Enjoy your day.
"In order to live off a garden, you practically have to live in it." - Frank McKinney Hubbard
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