September in Sonoma County
Come Zoom with us!
Our opening session is on October 1st with two more sessions planned on October 15th and October 29th. All sessions begin at 12:30 PM and end at 2:00 PM.
You will need to Pre-Register. Just click on the Ask a Master Gardener link, complete the Pre-Registration form and you will receive an invitation. You can pre-submit a question or ask your question at the Zoom session. Come Zoom with us!
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Summer Fruit Tree Pruning - Not Too Late
In our YouTube channel, you will find three video demonstrations on how to prune apple, peach and cherry trees, along with a demonstration on how to sharpen and sterilize your pruning tools.
For further reading please refer to UC ANR publication 8057: Fruit Trees: Training and Pruning Deciduous Trees.
Virtual Garden Tour
Transitioning to the Fall and Winter Food Garden
Received Unsolicited Package of Seeds?
Important message from USDA
To reduce the spread of COVID-19 pandemic and in compliance with county orders, we have adjusted our services accordingly:
- All in-person events, including library talks, are suspended
- We are not currently accepting walk-ins or specimen drop offs at our Master Gardener Information Desk at the UCCE Sonoma office. Please send an email with your inquiry to email@example.com. Our Information Desk team is checking the emails regularly and will respond to your questions as soon as possible.
Master Gardeners in Print
Mannion Knoll Park: a walk in the woods 6/25/2020
The Garden Doctors
Dana Lozano & Gwen Kilchherr, The Press Democrat
Tips on planting garlic and caring for olive trees 9/4/2020
Build the Perfect Raised Garden Bed 8/14/2020
Usted puedo cultivar su propia comida. Siembre un jardin. 5/2020
Meg McConahey, Sue Lovelace
Victory gardens are a growing trend during the coronavirus crisis 4/18/2020
Alice Waters, Missy Gable
How to grow a vegetable garden, according to legendary chef Alice 4/7/2020
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
We are not currently accepting walk-ins or specimen drop offs at our Master Gardener Information Desk at the UCCE Sonoma office.
Please email your questions and attach photos if you have them. One of our Information Desk experts will get back to you.
|Transforming to a Sustainable Garden - Zoom Talk||9/26/2020|
|Ask a Master Gardener via Zoom||10/1/2020|
|First Irrigation Steps for a Water Wise Garden via Zoom||10/10/2020|
|October Veggie Happenings - Zoom Talk||10/13/2020|
|Post-fire Soil Safety Webinar||10/17/2020|
Sundays with Sue
By SCMG Sue Lovelace
September 20, 2020
We were able to clip and take out several tomato plants and tomatillos this week in our large raised planter. Flowering basil, shiso, oregano, chives, and amaranth were left in the beds to keep the insects buzzing. The mammoth lemon cucumbers will be next. However, they keep eking out very edible fruits which are hard to give up! Eggplants in our adjoining beds are producing still as are the zucchini. With the yield of a few tomatoes from our remaining three plants and peppers, the eggplant and squash complete the makings of a nice sauce.
Pole beans that I planted late in a wine barrel are now producing. As you can see, this is a slow transition to the cool season. Plantings of peas, lettuce, mustard and spigarello in other areas have given me a good base. Figs are now producing from our dwarf ‘Brown Turkey’ tree. The trick is to get to them before the rodents and raccoons take their share!
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