August in Sonoma
Time to Think Fall & Winter Vegetables
August and September is the time to begin to plant fall and winter vegetables. Exact timing depends on both the crop, and your specific microclimate in Sonoma County.
Beets, carrots, peas, radishes, cauliflower, broccoli, chicory, kale, onions and more can grace your table toward year-end by planning and planting over the next six weeks.
See the SCMG Year-Round Vegetable Calendar for more details.
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
by Master Gardener Linda Rose
GardenSense - On-site WaterWise Garden Consultations
Sonoma County Master Gardeners are deep into a new project called GardenSense. Created in collaboration with the Sonoma County Water Agency, the project is intended to help local gardeners further improve their water conservation. 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 irrigation assessment, suggestions for improving water efficiency, advice on lawn removal and replacement with low water use plants and more. SCMG President and GardenSense Project Leader Phyllis Turrill states: "This project is going to be a great help to Sonoma County gardeners looking to reduce their water bills, and beautify their landscape at the same time".
Sonoma County residents wishing to schedule a garden consultation can click here.
Ask a Master Gardener
Questions and Answers from the Helpline
Projects Around the County
Home Compost Education
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: I didn't think it was going to happen this year because of the lack of water, but my figs are ripening and ready to eat! The tree has actually been squished into a large pot and I have had it espaliered against a south facing wall. For the last couple of months the figs have stayed green and small. The ripe ones can be found in the cool shade behind a leaf. I know they are ready when they get heavy and hang down from their limbs. The fig is ficus carica 'Lattarula' or commonly know as Italian Honey Fig. Biting into a ripe one tells you how it got it's name as there is an intense honey flavor. Mine came to me from a propagated cutting that fellow master gardener and friend, John Chavez, was kind enough to share. My yard really had no room for a large fig, and they do get large, so I stuck it into a pot. I keep it mulched with aged chicken manure and somewhat watered with two wine bottles stuck upside down in terra cotta "plant tenders".
Speaking of figs in pots, there are many dwarf figs that do really well in pots. If you love figs but are limited in space like I am, look for dwarf varieties of your favorite fig. Also, there are smaller growth figs like 'Negronne' which gets to be 8'. Tasty fig, 'Brown Turkey' has a dwarf that reaches 6'. Last spring, I was given a patio fig which I believe is a brown variety. I took it home and plopped it in one of my raised beds where I like to grown lettuce. I am hoping as the fig grows larger, I can use it's shade to extend my lettuce growing into warmer weather. Another adventure!
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