October in Sonoma County
TODAY! Come Zoom with Us—Ask a Master Gardener
Our next session is October 29. All sessions begin at 12:30 PM and end at 2:00 PM.
You will need to Pre-Register. Just click here to 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!
November Veggie Happenings - Zoom Talk
The Late Cool-Weather Food Garden
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
Master Gardeners in Print
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
Mannion Knoll Park: a walk in the woods 6/25/2020
Usted puedo cultivar su propia comida. Siembre un jardin. 5/2020
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. You can also attend our October 29 Zoom session.
|Ask a Master Gardener via Zoom||10/29/2020|
|November Veggie Happenings - Zoom Talk||11/10/2020|
|What’s happened to all of the butterflies? via Zoom||11/14/2020|
Sundays with Sue
By SCMG Sue Lovelace
October 25, 2020
To explain further, I was in the garden the other day deadheading blooms in the front yard. By the street, we have a large domestic oak which is showing the effects of the cool nights we are now experiencing. The leaves first show a brilliance of orange that contrast dramatically with the browning the leaves would eventually achieve. The color is fleeting, I know, but its presence creates a warmth that prompts me to collect and simply enjoy the color while I can.
Speaking of orange, in the middle of the front yard garden are two persimmon trees. Both are dwarf varieties and one is just a year old. The young one is now staked well, as one day I walked out to find it bent to the ground because of the weight of several persimmons fruiting at the top of its skinny branches! This persimmon tree is a Hachiya and is astringent. (Do not bite before ripe!) The fruit is shaped like an acorn and needs to fully ripen before being eaten. I’ve seen the ripeness described as being comparable to the feeling of a water balloon. The pulp of the ripe Hachiya is sweet and mushy and lends itself to being baked into breads and puddings.
The emergence of chrysanthemums
From all accounts, we are due to have heavy winds for the next few days. Many parts of the Bay Area including Sonoma County are on high alert because of very dry conditions which will be friendly to sparks of fire that can be propelled by the winds. Be careful, everyone, as this is one bit of orange we do not want to experience. Let’s hope to enjoy a safe and pleasant week and may scary come from the little ghosts and goblins that may come our way.
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