July in Sonoma
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A Red, White and Blue guide to long, dry summer days
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
The Low Water Kitchen Herb Garden
by Sonoma County Master Gardener Jason Robinson
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
|Food Gardening in a Drought Year- HFH||8/16/2014|
Sundays with Sue
By SCMG Sue Lovelace
The garden seems to be bursting like fireworks! The squash and beans are popping out on a consistent basis. Keeping up with the harvest is the duty right now. I love my "Hollow Leg" gardener's pouch! It easily snaps around the waist and "Voila!" The hands are free to pick produce or weed as you go. The tomatoes are coming slowly--'Sungold' and 'Black Cherry' and 'Stupice'. I have to tell you the weirdest thing about my 'Carmelo' tomato. It is planted in the same area as a 'Black Trifele' heirloom tomato was last year. The first tomato was round like a 'Carmelo' (a 'Black Trifele' is pear shaped) but the color was brownish black like 'Black Trifele'. How did it taste? Just like a 'Black Trifele'!! Will let you know what the next ripe tomato is like.
As you might know from reading my posts, I am a fan of the 'Scarlet' runner bean. It is an all season blooming perennial pole bean with orange red blossoms ('Painted Lady' has red and white blossoms) plus they produce long beans that can be eaten as string beans when they are small, cooked like Lima beans when they are large or dried for cooking later. When using them as a dry bean, let them completely dry on the vine, then shell them. Incredibly beautiful bean! Another stunner is the 'Blue Coco' pole bean which is a stringless bean that turns green when you cook it. The blossoms are lavender and the stalk is purple, as are the leaves. Beauty in the garden! Between the squash blossoms, the bean blossoms, purple and green basils, the peppers and cascading tomatoes, food gardens are a sight to behold. Bursting like fireworks!
Master Gardeners in Print
Dry Summer Ahead
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 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.
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 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
Laura Salo Long