May in Sonoma County
Spring into Summer Food Gardening!
Q: Who is the king of herbs?
A: Elvis Parsley.
Watch the new Sudden Oak Death Video
The Sudden Oak Death team at the University of California Division of Agricultural and Natural Resources has just released a new video that is well worth watching. There's a lot to learn here, all presented with great visuals to aid our understanding of Sudden Oak Death. Makes learning about SOD easy!
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
Watch to Learn What Master Gardeners Do
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: Stephanie Larson, County Director
SCMG Coordinator: Mimi Enright
Sundays with Sue
By SCMG Sue Lovelace
Updated: May 26, 2019
Part of the joy of being in the garden right now, is being surrounded by flowers; those that love to grow and bloom in cool weather like poppies, calendulas, nasturtiums, geraniums, nigella, Sambucus and alstroemerias are accompanied by warm weather early blooms like shrub roses, gaillardia, Agastache, yarrow, Scabiosa, Verbena, nepeta, and succulents. As you might guess, the garden is buzzing with the life of busy insects when it’s not raining!
Another joy is the snacking potential in the garden right now! We have snow peas in one area and snap peas in another. How accommodating is that?! Funny that this was not something I thought about when I planted, but a feature I will repeat in the fall (If I remember!). Also, this will be the first late spring fruiting of our young fig; more snacking!
The cabbage moth has found its way to the Spigarello and Brazilian Broccoli. Needless to say, observing before snacking is a good idea unless the intent is more protein! Speaking of these two new additions to my fall/spring garden, they tolerate warm temps which will extend their life into early summer, and all parts of the plant (leaves, stems and florets) are tender and delicious. I planted a few extra plants in a large pot in a manner where it will not be necessary to maneuver around them when I plant summer veggies.
Have a great rest of the holiday weekend. Memory gardens star on this Memorial Day for me, as well as warm regards of those who served and those who are serving our country.
“In Flanders fields the poppies blow between the crosses, row on row. That mark our place; and in the sky the Larks still bravely singing, fly scarce heard amid the guns below....” - Major John McRae; World War I
Master Gardeners in Print
The Garden Doctors
Dana Lozano & Gwen Kilchherr, The Press Democrat
Webmasters: Kim Roche, Stan Pawlak
Website Editor: Penny Fink
Food Gardening Editor: Stephanie Wrightson
Staff Photographers and Videographers:
Cie Cary, Electra de Peyster,
Coby Lafayette-Kelleher, Laura Salo Long