October in Sonoma County
Given the current crisis in Sonoma County, and the fact that many of our master gardeners are displaced, or sadly have lost their homes, we are cancelling any educational programs that we had scheduled for the weekend of 10/14 thru 10/28. We are rescheduling the Sudden Oak Death Blitz results meeting that was scheduled on 10/20 at the UCCE office; stay tuned for a new date in November. Once the crisis has passed, we will endeavor to get our educational outreach programs back on track. Stay safe!
Nurture and Protect the Soil
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
|CANCELED: Getting Your Food Garden Ready for the Winter - Bayer Farm||10/21/2017|
|CANCELED: ALISTANDO SU HUERTO PARA EL INVIERNO - Bayer Farm||10/21/2017|
|CANCELED: Supermarket orchids Survival Class - Sonoma||10/21/2017|
|CANCELED: The Wonderful World of Vines - It’s Alive -Rincon||10/28/2017|
Find links to workshop handouts under Resources/Workshop Handouts.
Sundays with Sue
By SCMG Sue Lovelace
Updated: October 15, 2017
The courage, the humane response, the professionalism and the nurturing we have all witnessed from our local fire fighters and first responders will be forever remembered and appreciated. Service organizations, as well as elected officials have rallied their communities to be vigilant to identify those that need help and also, those that can offer help, as well. Almost immediately, our own Mimi Enright and Phyllis Turrill (UC Sonoma Master Gardener coordinator and board president) reached out to find members who were evacuated and or lost homes (12 Master Gardeners, so far) and find those who could offer refuge for them and their animals. The communication put forth by neighborhood groups, alert systems like Nixle, and local fire officials have kept us well informed.
Camaraderie, friendship, love, support and resilience sits side by side with terror, sadness, hardship, heartbreak and loss; an unplanned partnership, brought together so quickly.
No talk about the garden today, just warm, deep, heartfelt thoughts to all effected and strong wishes that this nightmare will soon diminish. I invite you to share acts of kindness in the days following the North Bay Fires, or, really, anything you wish.
“We feel so much love and kindness around us. Thank God for this amazing community.” Linda Simmons, UC Master Gardener of Sonoma County
Master Gardeners in Print
The Garden Doctors
Dana Lozano & Gwen Kilchherr, The Press Democrat
Webmasters: Kim Roche, Stan Pawlak
Food Gardening Editor: Stephanie Wrightson
Staff Photographers and Videographers
Electra de Peyster
Laura Salo Long