May in Sonoma County
Spring into Summer Food Gardening!
Q: Who is the king of herbs?
A: Elvis Parsley.
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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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
Sundays with Sue
By SCMG Sue Lovelace
Updated: May 17, 2019
There are so many positives to gain from the rain; I am not complaining. The soil will be just perfect for planting pole beans and corn. The multitude of self seeded poppies are so happy. Speaking of such, in the fall I had scattered poppy seeds given to me by Linda Simmons, a Dear Master Gardener who had passed away. They are coming up all over, some planting themselves in between native poppies and the European poppies. I am hoping to have photos to show next week.
With the respite from the rain on Friday, I removed the flowering ‘Giant Red’ mustards by cutting them off at ground level, leaving the root and its colony of microorganisms in the soil. The rest of the plant went into the compost. They certainly have been the plants that keep on giving! I sifted (grrrrr!) and put compost in its place to plant the bean seeds into next week.
We’ve had a problem with rats in and around the chicken coop and have tried, to no avail, to locate entry points. Therefore, I acted on information from granddaughter, Lola, that rats do not like Rosemary (another field trip to Elkus Ranch) and placed cut rosemary all over inside and outside the coop. Another tip from fellow master gardener, Cheri Olhiser, was to place perforated containers of pine scented cleaner in and around, careful to have a secure vessel that the chickens cannot get into or tip over. I tried that, too. Keep in mind that neither of these tips are scientifically proven to be effective, thus as a master gardener, I can not recommend them. Personally, any other tips will be gladly accepted! (Via Facebook.)
“A rainy day is a perfect time for a walk in the woods.” Rachel Carson
Master Gardeners in Print
The Garden Doctors
Dana Lozano & Gwen Kilchherr, The Press Democrat
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Website Editor: Penny Fink
Food Gardening Editor: Stephanie Wrightson
Staff Photographers and Videographers:
Cie Cary, Electra de Peyster,
Coby Lafayette-Kelleher, Laura Salo Long