August in Sonoma County
Master Gardeners of Sonoma County welcome you to our tour of five unique gardens in and around the beautiful hills of west Sonoma County. The diverse gardens were chosen to highlight, demonstrate, and promote good gardening practices. Throughout the tour you will find demonstrations on growing vegetables, water-wise native plants, lawn replacement, drip-irrigation, companion planting, composting, attracting beneficial insects and bees, and more. While the five tour gardens are standouts for their distinctive garden designs, the garden tour also features a market which is known for garden-inspired crafts created by talented Master Gardeners. The craft sale will be held at Cathy's garden during the September 18 tour.
Tour tickets give you access to five fabulous gardens, the craft market, two plant sales, art in the gardens, demonstrations and education tables. Find out more.
Planning the Fall and Winter Vegetable Garden
GardenSense - On-site WaterWise Garden Consultations
GARDEN SENSE PROGRAM RECEIVES 1ST PLACE AWARD IN INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION'S SEARCH FOR EXCELLENCE
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.
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 reflect 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.
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
Want to become a Master Gardener? We are now accepting applications for the 2017 Training Class. The application deadline is September 23rd!
Click here for details and application.
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Sundays with Sue
By SCMG Sue Lovelace
SUNDAYS WITH SUE - August 21, 2016
Fall planting is right around the corner. Seeds for cool weather vegetables can be planted now. If planting "starts", lots of water is in order, perhaps shading them from the heat or if your microclimate is hot, waiting is best. The problem with prolonged heat with "starts" is the potential for plants to bolt, or flower, as they like to grow to maturity in cool weather. Always a caveat of the fall garden: getting plants in soon enough so that the roots and plants develop before frosts, but if too soon; bolting can occur. Tricky timing, for sure!
"It's difficult to think of anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato." - Lewis Grizzard
Master Gardeners in Print
Rosemary McCreary is a gardener extraordinaire and Sonoma County Master Gardener in addition to being a professional writer and author. For 17 years, she shared her gardening wisdom with us in The Press Democrat. She's ending that adventure with her final Homegrown column. This last article is a great reflection on how our idea of gardening in Sonoma County has changed, and what a blessing it is to live here. Thank you Rosemary!
Form and Foliage
Delight your senses: visit Sonoma County Master Gardener Sara Malone's Form and Foliage blog. Janice LeCocq, photographer of Sara's Petaluma garden, gives us her unique perspective. https://formandfoliage.wordpress.com/
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Food Gardening Editor: Stephanie Wrightson
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