June in Sonoma County
Fire Safety: What does a “Red Flag Warning” mean? What should you do?
Many residents in Sonoma County live in or near fire danger. For those who do live in a high fire area, knowing what to do when a warning is issued is essential.
What Do Melons And Okra Have In Common?
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 into Food Gardening -Sebastopol||8/4/2018|
|Gardening with Less Water - HFH Santa Rosa||8/11/2018|
|Fall Food Gardening - HFH Santa Rosa||8/25/2018|
|Healthy Gardens Weed Management - Sebastopol||9/1/2018|
Sundays with Sue
By SCMG Sue Lovelace
Updated: June 17, 2018
Speaking of new twists, I am suspecting a pollination problem with several varieties of summer squash I have growing in the garden. Each of the plants have both female and male flowers. However, the female flowers, with tiny fruits at the base, have failed to grow large fruit. In fact, most of the fruit ends up shriveling up and dying. Cool weather that we had for several days, may create such issues. However, I have not observed a large quantity of bees in the backyard, and it may be a timing issue. I have been concerned by the use of herbicides and pesticides by neighbor’s landscapers and it’s possible their impact has been seen in our veggie garden. Am I exaggerating? Maybe. At any rate, if this situation continues, I will be out with the paintbrush transferring pollen from male to female flowers.
Have a great day all, especially you dads.
“Dad’s are the most ordinary men turned by love into heroes, adventurers, story-tellers, and singers of song.” Pam Brown
Master Gardeners in Print
The Garden Doctors
Dana Lozano & Gwen Kilchherr, The Press Democrat
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