October in Sonoma County
The Bloomin’ Backyards team is working hard to prepare six unique Petaluma gardens belonging to Master Gardeners for the 2020 BBY Tour. The gardens have been selected for their beauty and as displays of sustainable gardening practices. Each of the gardens will be featured in an article on the website over the next six months. You will learn what to look for in each, and understand what to appreciate such as: goals of the gardener, special features of a particular garden, and important gardening practices such as sustainability, firewise choices, and other valuable horticultural methods.
The Spring 2020 Bloomin’ Backyards garden tour is scheduled for Sunday, May 17, 2020 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Petaluma. Recognized experts will be on hand to demonstrate and answer questions on organic gardening, soil development, drip irrigation, integrated pest management, habitat gardening, growing fruits and vegetables, water catchment, firewise landscaping, and much, much more. The tour is a biennial event presented by the UC Master Gardener Program of Sonoma County.
Ticket information will be posted on our website in early January. Please visit sonomamg.ucanr.edu for regularly updated information.
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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
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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
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Sundays with Sue
By SCMG Sue Lovelace
Updated: October 20, 2019
This past weekend, I went to the Sebastapol Farmers Market and zeroed in on the Singing Frog Farms farm stand. Working the stand was Elizabeth Kaiser, owner of Singing Frog Farms and rockstar, along with her husband, Paul, of the world of No-Till gardening. The work and education they have done with regards to this sustainable and regenerative practice has made them known worldwide. As I was standing there star struck, Elizabeth asked me how my garden was. When I told her I would be planting garlic, she said “Oh, the Holiday Root!” After quizzing her on this, she said that it is planted near Halloween, fertilized on Valentine’s Day and harvested on July 4th. Definitely got me thinking!
Have you heard enough about garlic?! One more thing, besides being a great food and accessory to many dishes, garlic has been said to be very healthy for our bodies in that it is low in calories but high in vitamins. It has been reported to lower cholesterol and blood pressure. The truth about garlic repelling vampires: have you heard of any vampires in Gilroy?!
Even if you do not plant garlic, enjoy your garden and have a nice week.
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