May in Sonoma County
Answer: Victory Garden
Visit the UC Agricultural and Natural Resources website for more information on veggie gardening and other gardening projects and issues that you may want to address in your self-isolation.
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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.
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
All in-person workshop events are suspended.
Sundays with Sue
By SCMG Sue Lovelace
May 24, 2020
If you’ve been reading my previous columns, you will know the efforts I’ve taken to bring in and keep pollinators and other beneficial insects in my garden. This is not a new endeavor as the goal has always been to have a habitat garden, one that I have had for a long time. I say “had” because over a few years, the noticeable decline of insect activity was both upsetting and confusing. I took this personally and stepped up measures in my garden to somehow be a Mecca to visiting insects and other pollinators, including those native to California.
Walking on the road, it occurred to me that the vegetation on either side had been allowed to grow rather than being sprayed with pesticides as in past years. Wild grasses, flowers and berry vines were growing and becoming a beacon for wildlife. Cotati, where we live, has joined other parts of the county in restricting pesticide spraying, particularly a glyphosate-based herbicide, in public areas. In my mind, this is huge and a definite victory for not only the insects and wildlife but for the welfare of humans and our environment!! Many thanks to those who persisted to see this through as it has clearly made and will continue to make a difference in so many ways, and one we can support with our gardens!
Enjoy your week and be safe during the holiday weekend. The experts tell us that being outside at a safe distance is best for celebrating the holiday. Let’s get outside!
“Flowers always make people better, happier and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine to the soul." Luther Burbank
Master Gardeners in Print
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
The Garden Doctors
Dana Lozano & Gwen Kilchherr, The Press Democrat
Get the most from your kitchen scraps to create compost 4/3/2020
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