January in Sonoma
Drought Tolerant Conifers for Sonoma
No-Till Food Gardening
by Food Gardening Editor Stephanie Wrightson
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
Food Gardening Specialists
The Food Gardening Specialist group provides free presentations at a variety of venues on planning, planting, maintaining and harvesting the edible garden.
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
|Summer Kitchen Garden-Petaluma||2/7/2015|
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Sundays with Sue
By SCMG Sue Lovelace
SUNDAYS WITH SUE: As promised last week, I have posted pictures of the beginnings of my new path which leads down to our mailbox. In order to get a more curved shape to it, I removed boulders and dug into two adjacent beds. In doing so, I felt it a good time to do a little winter sprucing up of the beds. Well, "little" turned into a major overhaul involving the removal and replacement of plants (a mixture of edibles and small perennials)plus relocating succulents scattered throughout the bed to the borders! I lined the path with newspapers, placed stepping stones and will be laying down either gravel or micro bark as soon as we decide which one to do. Paths do so much in a landscape: in my mind, they need a destination. In our case this one went down to the mailbox. However, paths can take you to focal points such as seating areas, bird baths, birdhouses other little beds. Winding a path creates beds and access to plants within a bed. Really, a good thing to do right now, along with pruning fruit trees, weeding, mulching,sketching out edibles for raised beds and ornamental beds, etc. etc. busy time!
More on new bed next week. Have a wonderful day.
"No matter how little you do to improve your plot of ground, you have done something to yourself, even though others may not see it" Evelyn C Buzbee
Master Gardeners in Print
Gardening in a Changed Environment
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 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
Editor and Webmaster: Steven Hightower
Kitchen Garden Editor: Stephanie Wrightson
Laura Salo Long