July in Sonoma
Drought Fighting Tools
by Master Gardener Stephanie Wrightson
Food Gardening in 2015
The Food Gardening Specialists (FGS) is a subgroup of Sonoma County Master Gardeners. Members have specialty training and a passion for growing food. Their first planning meeting of 2015 last month started with a question: What new thing are you going to do in your food garden this year? The answers were varied with a few themes weaving throughout—not the least of which was food gardening with less water.
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
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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.
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SCMG Coordinator: Mimi Enright
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Sundays with Sue
By SCMG Sue Lovelace
SUNDAYS WITH SUE:
However, I was not feeling that rewarded when I wondered out in the backyard with my coffee yesterday morning. Overwhelmed was a better description as I was greeted by an explosive garden! What happened to my plan?!! What was I thinking when I planted peppers (my coveted 'Bullnose' Thomas Jefferson heirloom peppers) and eggplants next to my tomato cages? Did I really think my 5 foot Hog wire cages would totally contain those monstrous tomatoes (I guess I must have!)?! The 'Ronde de Nice' squash, talked about last week, is virtually threatening to engulf every plant and structure it can grab unto in the yard! I swear it's tendrils tried to grab me as I was freeing it from the tomatillos! Will I be able to find fruit in masses of vertically planted cucumbers and melons?! One more thing, the pole beans, planted to shade the chicken coop have created black out conditions and are now growing inside! Mother Nature is "Kicking my Butt!"
Okay. It's obvious I needed to calm down (Maybe, drink less coffee). I got out my garden journal and immediately wrote down "tips" for next year, then took action. I cautiously approached the squash (which reseeded itself!) and began cutting out off- shoots and directing its growth away from other plants. I know there is a Cape Gooseberry (Physalis peruviana) still buried but will rescue it later. I dug up 2 eggplants and transplanted them to a full sun area that, of course, needed to be created. Because the 'Bullnose' peppers are growing pretty well, I cut off limbs of tomato that were shading them. Since we love green beans, darkness will prevail until after harvest.
Friends, there is not enough space to talk about the fig, runner beans and endless fennel so will end until next week. As always, take care, and enjoy your garden.
"Gardens are always a work in progress and when you do have success, it wipes away the memory of your failures." Mary Savage, Sonoma County Master Gardener
Master Gardeners in Print
Getting a Grip on Drought
This spring, we’ll likely see more plants coming out of the ground than going in. But that doesn’t have to be a discouraging thought. With our heightened awareness of limited water resources, it’s easier to admit that, like an over-filled closet or garage, our gardens could use a cleaning out. Read More>
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's Sara Malone and Joe Michalek were featured in this PressDemo article on greenhouses.
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.
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