June in Sonoma County
Rooted in Flavor
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.
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
|Fall Food Gardening - HFH Santa Rosa||8/3/2019|
|Fall/Winter Food Gardening - Windsor Town Green||8/10/2019|
|Fall/Winter Food Garden - Bayer Farm- Santa Rosa||8/17/2019|
|Fall/Winter Food Gardening Workshop - Sonoma||9/14/2019|
Sundays with Sue
By SCMG Sue Lovelace
Updated: June 23, 2019
A few years ago I planted a dwarf fig in the northwest corner of a planter box with the hope it would provide late afternoon shade to veggies planted within the rest of boxes. Sunscald had been a problem on tomatoes and peppers. This tactic works pretty well. However, the tree really needed thinning, especially near the center of the fig where branches were heavy and thick. That’s where the saw came in handy as branches were sawed back to their point of origins, significantly providing air spaces with in the tree.
The next victim of the saw was a large oak tree (domestic) that had a dramatic flush of growth from the winter rains and was developing heavy, horizontal branches. What a job that was! I had to enlist my husband, who used an extender with a large saw attached to it, to cut and shape the tree.
It’s great to see warm season tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, squash, eggplant, beans, herbs and flowers growing in the garden; truly a reward to coming home from vacation! It’s good to be home! Enjoy your week in the garden!
“Gardens are not made by singing Oh How Beautiful’ and sitting in the shade.” Rudyard Kipling
Master Gardeners in Print
The Garden Doctors
Dana Lozano & Gwen Kilchherr, The Press Democrat
How to grow tasty Sumo Citrus 5/31/2019
Tips for buying hard-to-kill houseplants 5/17/2019
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