April in Sonoma County
Answer: Victory Garden
- All events, including library talks, through end of April are canceled.
- We are not currently accepting walk-ins or specimen drop offs at our Master Gardener Information Desk at the UCCE Sonoma office. Please send an email with your inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org. Our Information Desk team is checking the emails regularly and will respond to your questions as soon as possible.
BBY 2020 is Canceled
Sonoma County Master Gardeners’ plans for a Bloomin’ Backyards tour of six Petaluma gardens on May 17, 2020 have been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its unknown progression. More information about how to proceed is being developed and will be posted here as it becomes available.
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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.
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
Harvest for the Hungry Plant Sale
Good news! Harvest for the Hungry is still having a plant sale. However, the format will be different to make sure are all safe.
The virus situation is changing rapidly. Harvest for the Hungry will post more information on their website and facebook page in early April.
All workshop events through end of April are canceled
|CANCELED: Pollinators and Some of Their Favorite Plants - Cloverdale||4/11/2020|
|CANCELED: Pruning and Caring for Fruit Trees - RP/Cotati||4/11/2020|
|CANCELED: Problem Solving in Your Veggie Garden - Bayer Farm in Santa Rosa||4/18/2020|
Sundays with Sue
By SCMG Sue Lovelace
April 5, 2020
To explain, I was out in my veggie garden when a fat bumble bee flew right by my head going for the flowers of a broccoli plant. I was so excited, as I am a bumblebee groupie!! I’m serious. I love bumblebees! I love watching these over-weight, kind of clumsy, gentle creatures, go from one flower to another. Anatomically, they have the ability to sting, but unless they, or their nest, is threatened, they simply do their sweet, unaggressive, buzz pollinating, tasks throughout the garden. The funny thing is that the carpenter bees do not have the ability to sting, but they threaten as if they do!
Besides the manzanita (Arctostaphylos), more early blooming stars are the native Ceanothus plants which are blooming like crazy right now. This is so timely to attracting pollinators of our fruit trees. I watched as all sorts of bees, so loaded with pollen, jumped from flowering perennials and shrubs to the trees. Isn’t it great to know these little insects “have our backs”?
Polyculture (growing many different species and varieties of plant families that interact with each other, with supporting organisms, and with insects, birds and other wildlife) can assure that the quality of one’s garden and the environment, as a whole, will be a strong, supportive, protective force. This concept, polyculture, mimics the balance of nature. The real bonus is that we can watch it happen in our own garden and trust that this balance will out-weigh the need for pesticides or chemical fertilizers which endangers our soils, our air and our water supply. No time like the present shelter-in-place to get outside and witness it ourselves.
One more “shout out”: To the children in the neighborhood who chalked up driveways and sidewalks with loving messages of support and with pictures of rainbows and hearts, I say “Thank you!” Have a safe week, everyone.
“The hum of bees is the voice of the garden.” Elizabeth Lawrence
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