October in Sonoma County
It’s Time To Plant
Drought Tolerant Conifers
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
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Sundays with Sue
By SCMG Sue Lovelace
SUNDAYS WITH SUE - October 23, 2016
There are a few tips to successful sheet mulching: Cut the material you are covering as low as you can to make it easier to cover. Overlap the sheets of cardboard by at least 6 inches so light does not get in; Wet down cardboard (that's why rain is good). If using newspaper, use several layers. Mulch over or cut an X in the cardboard and plant, or make tall mounds and plant in top of mound, then mulch. Again, check out our website for info on everything I have mentioned above.) Just click on topics of interest listed on the left. If you want to see a lot of what I have mentioned in action, check out Daily Acts for upcoming workshops, presentations, and activities involving sheet mulching.
The rain will be welcome at any rate! Our food gardens are prospering and our trees and perennials are spreading those roots. Enjoy!!
“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” John Muir
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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