January in Sonoma County
The Spring 2020 Bloomin’ Backyards garden tour is scheduled for Sunday, May 17, 2020 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Petaluma. Recognized experts will be on hand to demonstrate and answer questions on organic gardening, soil development, drip irrigation, integrated pest management, habitat gardening, growing fruits and vegetables, water catchment, firewise landscaping, and much, much more. The tour is a biennial event presented by the UC Master Gardener Program of Sonoma County.
Ticket information will be posted on our website on April 2, 2020. Please visit sonomamg.ucanr.edu for regularly updated information.
Food Gardening Resolutions
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
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|Keep Your Soil Alive: Cover Crops- Compost and Mulch - Guerneville||2/8/2020|
|Pruning and Caring for Fruit Trees - Sebastopol||2/8/2020|
|Gardening 101 - RP/Cotati||2/22/2020|
|Native Trees of the North Bay - Petaluma||2/29/2020|
Sundays with Sue
By SCMG Sue Lovelace
Updated: January 26, 2020
One of the lemons was transplanted to a wine barrel and eventually the chicken coop was built over and around it, giving the chics a place to climb on limbs and have their dirt baths. Some of the limbs grew through the chicken wire and lemons dangle outside as well as inside the coop! Weird, huh?
The other potted lemon was transplanted in the soil up against the house where I have kept its limbs growing horizontally in an espalier-like form. This lemon is our big producer, and is a testament to how little micro climates like this one against the warmth of the house and under the eaves, can work out. ‘Meyer’ lemons are thin-skinned crosses between regular lemons and a sweeter fruit like a mandarin. I like to squeeze fruit juice into ice cube trays to use year round, as they are not as available in produce areas and when they are, the cost is higher than ‘Eureka’ lemons.
Looking at the winter food garden of greens of all kinds and the Brassica family of plants, I feel pretty lucky to have plenty of citrus to accompany and enhance these vegetables in many ways, or become the main ingredient. Dressings and sauces come alive or even become the central taste. I have to mention the seemingly gallons of hot lemon and honey consumed by this family to ease the comfort of all the viruses that have been shared back and forth. A year-round garden of vegetables, fruits and herbs is a satisfying goal that somehow feels complete as little jewels (some gardeners have large jewels!) of orange, green, and yellow, avail themselves to our epicures and nutritious snacking; lucky, indeed! Have a great week!
“I love fresh citrus and always keep lemons, limes, and oranges on hand; they come in handy for spritzing up quickly grilled meats, seafoods, and vegetables, especially when followed up by a quick drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.” Emeril Lagasse
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