January in Sonoma County
Ring in the New Year with Free Gardening Education and Advice
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
|Starting & Caring for Your Own Backyard Orchard-Sonoma||1/21/2017|
|Planting an Herb Garden-Cloverdale||1/21/2017|
|Encouraging and Keeping Honeybees in Your Garden-Petaluma Seed Bank||2/2/2017|
Sundays with Sue
By SCMG Sue Lovelace
SUNDAYS WITH SUE - January 15, 2017
(www.bringbackthepollinators.org), I will be enhancing my pollinator attracting efforts by adding more native flowering plants, in larger blocks, that will flower over the course of the growing season. The Xerces Society maintains that natives are the best sources of nectar and pollen as they are better adapted to our soil and climate, plus they demand little water and no fertilizers. Many serve as host plants for butterfly (ex.: Monarch on Milkweed) and moth caterpillars. The bonus for us food gardeners is the role bees (1200-1500 native species!) and butterflies (200 species) play in pollinating our crops and surrounding plant communities. Our habitat gardens depend on them and other beneficial insects to be healthy. Armed with a plant list of native flowering plants for every season of the year, from the website, I am "On It" ready to replace "large" weedy areas with "large" areas of native plants. Because my garden is relatively small compared to those of you that have meadows and acreage, I will look for starts. Some will be easy to obtain, others will take more of a hunt.
I hope this week features a more "gentle" storm. Otherwise, let it rain!
"If you don’t have insects and great pollinators to pollinate the plants, it could affect our food source, it could affect our ability to continue to grow things. And that would be a problem." Michelle Obama (after installing the White House Pollinator Garden).
Master Gardeners in Print
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/
The Garden Doctors
Dana Lozano & Gwen Kilchherr
Stepping stones and bench placement
Webmasters: Kim Roche, Stan Pawlak
Food Gardening Editor: Stephanie Wrightson
Staff Photographers and Videographers
Electra de Peyster
Laura Salo Long