March in Sonoma County
Gardening After a Flood
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Spring Into Food Gardening
Have you been thinking about starting a food garden? Or, maybe, you're a current food gardener who wants to learn more about sustainable food gardening practices. Whatever, your experience, the Master Gardener Food Gardening Specialists are ready to help. Find out more.
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.
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Sundays with Sue
By SCMG Sue Lovelace
Updated: March 17, 2019
Like many of you, I spent a lot of time in the garden this week and plan to spend more: planting what I can, pruning, seeding, composting and tackling those endless maintenance tasks that go with any garden but more so with the wind and deluges of the “Atmospheric River” storms. On the fun side, I continue to “reconstruct” a large area in my front yard made available with the removals of an old buddleja, AKA “Big Bertha,” and a yucca that could have easily been called “Brutus”!
So far in this center bed I have a trio of dwarf fruit trees (2 persimmons and a 7 year old ‘Alberta’ peach) in the midst of existing blueberry shrubs and perennials such as lavender, nepeta, thyme, cranesbill geranium, achillea, Verbena, and Golden Oregano. Reseeds of California and European poppies are emerging, and I’ve brought seedlings of composite flowers (excellent, early blooming, beneficial and pollinator-attracting daisies and calendulas) from the back yard. As you can see, these trees, the blueberries and raspberries are in good company. This week, I was off to the local nurseries. I told you, it was Fun!
Because I believe any garden, wherever it is, front yard, back yard, in containers, etc. should be a diverse combination of plants: edibles, non edibles, herbs, annuals, perennials, shrubs, and trees that support each other, and us, in some way, in many ways, with their flowers, their fruit, their coverage of the soil, their shade, and/or their water saving capacity. I have my favorites: herbs like thyme and oregano, which are perennial herbs that serve as repelling and attracting plants, edibles for us and when they flower, in summer, absolute bee magnets. (Cold season herbs and veggies, like cilantro and arugula, when left to flower are amazing attractants to parasitic and pollinating insects right now!)
Back on track, my nursery purchases were Golden Oregano (Origanum vulgare’- can’t have enough great ground cover and edible), purple sage (Salvia ‘Purpurescens’) ’Silver Posie’ and ‘Lemon’ thyme, Scabiosa ‘Gelato Blueberry’ (with flower buds) alyssum, and one summer bloomer I’m really excited about, Veronica incana ‘Pure Silver’. Scabiosa, Verbena, and Veronica are great butterfly and hummingbird plants.
Wishing you a great week in the garden!
“Just living is not enough... one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower.” Hans Christian Anderson
Master Gardeners in Print
The Garden Doctors
Dana Lozano & Gwen Kilchherr, The Press Democrat
Tricks for growing great wisteria /18/2019
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