December in Sonoma
Perspectives on Persimmons
By SCMG Bryce Sumner
by SCMG Jennifer Roberts
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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
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. They provide gardening help and information for Sonoma County home gardeners, and give classes, seminars and workshops throughout the county.
UCCE Farm Advisor: Paul Vossen
SCMG Coordinator: Mimi Enright
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Sundays with Sue
By SCMG Sue Lovelace
SUNDAYS WITH SUE: We got rain! What's with this freezing weather?! I am not too sure how the edibles will come out of this cold streak. I tried to plant early enough to develop their roots, mulched really well plus placed boulders on top of the mulch for extra protection and used row covers (doubled up) to try and keep temp up. I feel pretty certain that the kales, mustards and broccoli will be fine. Kale seems to get sweeter with the cold. Last year, our big freeze did not come until January. I was really hoping that we would get some peas, potatoes and more lettuce in the next few weeks. However, I do not see how how they could have survived. Time will only tell. It was a pleasure to see the amaryllis bloom in my greenhouse window! When you think of the ice storms and freezing cold in other states, one can only feel fortunate to have some things survive the cold!
Keep Planting through December
Plant California Natives
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Master Gardeners in Print
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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 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.
The Sonoma Community Center WaterWise Demo Garden, the Healdsburg Firesafe Garden and the Jail Industries Superstars plant propagation facility are all talked up in this Press Democrat article by Meg McConahey.
SCMG Gayle Bergman's garden is featured in this Press Democrat article on anti-allergenic gardening.
Master Gardeners Pauline Haro and Bonita Morgan are featured in the Press Democrat's article on mulch.
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
Sara Malone - Editor in Chief
Website Editorial Staff
Editor and Webmaster: Steven Hightower
Kitchen Garden Editor: Stephanie Wrightson
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