July in Sonoma County
Sonoma County farmers' markets are in full swing. You'll find a Master Gardener information table at most of them. Do you have gardening questions? We have gardening answers! Stop by--we'd love to meet you. Click here to find out the markets where you'll find us!
The Petaluma Regional Library hosts regular summer Friday events. Following these events, there will be 6 great garden events geared to get kids interested in the natural world.
Click here for more information.
Sue Lovelace receives Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award by the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors
GardenSense - On-site WaterWise Garden Consultations
Sonoma County residents wishing to schedule a garden consultation can click here.
Sonoma County Master Gardeners are partnered with the Sonoma County Water Agency on a project called GardenSense. The project is intended to help local gardeners further improve their water conservation practices. A free on-site consultation by a pair of GardenSense Consultants will demonstrate to residents how to easily conserve water (and save money) by creating a climate-appropriate garden that is healthy, environmentally sound, and most of all – beautiful!
Topics covered in consultations include advice on lawn removal, low water use plants appropriate to your site, conversion of sprinklers to drip irrigation, an irrigation assessment including overall suggestions for improving water efficiency, and sustainable garden practices.
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
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: Paul Vossen
SCMG Coordinator: Mimi Enright
Interested in becoming a master gardener? Click here for information and the application for the 2018 training program.
|The Transitional Food Garden- Harvest for the Hungry- Santa Rosa||8/26/2017|
|Plant 4 Pollinators-Rincon||8/26/2017|
|Health Care for Succulents- Harvest for the Hungry- Santa Rosa||9/9/2017|
|The Transitional Fall/Winter Food Garden||9/9/2017|
Find links to workshop handouts under Resources/Workshop Handouts.
Sundays with Sue
By SCMG Sue Lovelace
SUNDAYS WITH SUE - Updated: July 16, 2017
Spending time in my garden and in the community garden at Bayer Farm has allowed me the opportunity to look at many styles of food gardening, the climatic differences, the soil, and the fruits and vegetables themselves. The comparison makes me understand how there are so many ways to garden; how the higher temperatures and water table at Bayer sustain perennial trees and plants; how many years of plant and soil layering has created a supernatural growth medium and how some veggies respond similarly in spite of the different micro climates. I could go on and on with specifics but not enough space. One observation is with kale, a cool weather Veggie, usually diminished this time of year with heat and cabbage butterfly larvae. In both places, the curly kales, blue and scarlet, are not only doing great, but seem to have the tenderness but, also, lack the bitterness of a lot of other varieties. Being a kale lover, and one who grows it for the chicken’s snacks, my fall planting and winter will be with this in mind. I would encourage all to take a walk around a community garden or even a friend's or even in conversation, and learn!! As always, I love to hear from you about your garden. Enjoy!
By the way, when you read this, we will be in Yosemite with not great reception but know I will respond if I can.
“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” John Muir
Master Gardeners in Print
The Garden Doctors
Dana Lozano & Gwen Kilchherr, The Press Democrat
Over the Garden Fence
Steve Albert, Kenwood Press
Made Local Magazine
featuring Spring Gardening Tips by Sue Lovelace
(Pollinator Friendly Garden &
Grow Your Own Food)
and Susan Foley (Low-Water Gardening)
Form and Foliage
Delight your senses: visit Sonoma County Master Gardener Sara Malone's Form and Foliage blog. Janice LeCocq, photographer of Sara's Petaluma garden, gives us her unique perspective.
Webmasters: Kim Roche, Stan Pawlak
Food Gardening Editor: Stephanie Wrightson
Staff Photographers and Videographers
Electra de Peyster
Laura Salo Long