December in Sonoma County
Let's Celebrate the Season with Nature
UCCE Sonoma is committed to helping our community rebuild.
Click here for a list of resources that we have compiled.
Recovering from Recent Fires
http://ucanr.edu/sites/ postfire/Landowners_Guide_to_ Fire/Post_Fire_Land_ Evaluation_-_Management/ Erosion_Control/
From Sonoma Resource Conservation District:
Nature's Holiday Decorations
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
|Pruning Roses -Cloverdale||1/13/2018|
|Don’t Step on It; It’s Alive: An Introduction to Soil - Petaluma||1/20/2018|
|The Wonderful World of Vines -Rincon||1/20/2018|
|Starting and Caring for Your Own Backyard Orchard - Sonoma||1/20/2018|
Find links to workshop handouts under Resources/Workshop Handouts.
Sundays with Sue
By SCMG Sue Lovelace
Updated: December 17, 2017
It was a joy to come home to ripe Meyer Lemons and I am confident the broccoli plants are settled in for these string of very cold nights (Not as cold as New York, though!). Lettuce, especially the Oakleaf and ‘Outrageous Red’, is still edible. The garlic is growing lovely little shoots. Speaking of such, I have been reading “Garlic is Life” by Chester Aaron; fun, relaxing memoir of a garlic farmer!
As exciting as New York is to visit, it is lovely to be home in Sonoma County. I hope this week is a good one for all.
“I truly believe that if we keep telling the Christmas story, singing the Christmas songs and living the Christmas spirit, we can bring joy and happiness and peace to this world.” ~ Norman Vincent Peale
Master Gardeners in Print
The Garden Doctors
Dana Lozano & Gwen Kilchherr, The Press Democrat
Webmasters: Kim Roche, Stan Pawlak
Website Editor: Penny Fink
Food Gardening Editor: Stephanie Wrightson
Staff Photographers and Videographers:
Cie Cary, Electra de Peyster,
Coby Lafayette-Kelleher, Laura Salo Long