October in Sonoma
Santolina chamaecyparissus: Workhorse of the Drought Tolerant Garden
By Sonoma County Master Gardener Sandy Metzger
Cool Season Cover Crops
by SCMG Jason Robinson
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
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
Sundays with Sue
By SCMG Sue Lovelace
SUNDAYS WITH SUE: It wasn't a huge rain but it was very timely for hydrating the winter crops while they establish their roots and giving late summer ones a little more time. Small increments of rain can be something to be thankful for while we wait for the skies to unload on our reservoirs.
My time was a bit scattered this weekend: I cut off gnarly branches of the espaliered fig and am trying to direct the growth of lateral branches over our garage, a challenge to be sure. We have been accumulating large branches in a long pile with berry and grape cuttings to hopefully create a hugelkultur. A Hugelkutur is a mound of rotting wood, cuttings, compost, etc. that can be used to plant in. The resulting moisture and nutrients is great for growing just about anything with very little water. I would like to plant pollinator plants, especially esclepsia for the monarchs. It should be ready by late winter/early spring for planting.
Our 'Altissimo' rose was full of orange rose hips (deep red rosé with bright orange rosehips, go figure!) which I like to use for floral arrangements. So, cut many of them off and left some for the birds. Some of you may use rosehips for teas or jelly (or maybe something else?). Would love to hear about that!
We harvested our first lettuce from the pallet garden (romaine, oak leaf and butter). Nothing like homegrown lettuce! The ultimate challenge continues to be keeping the white cabbage moth larvae from devouring my brassicas! One larvae mows down a kale or arugula in no time.
Master Gardeners in Print
Bold, Beautiful Vines
Rosemary's Recent Articles
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