July in Sonoma County
County Fair Dates: August 1st to 11th
What?! You Want Me to Think About My Fall Garden Now?
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
Questions and Answers from the Helpline
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
|Fall Food Gardening - HFH Santa Rosa||8/3/2019|
|Fall/Winter Food Gardening - Windsor Town Green||8/10/2019|
|Fall/Winter Food Garden - Bayer Farm- Santa Rosa||8/17/2019|
|Fall/Winter Food Gardening Workshop - Sonoma||9/14/2019|
Sundays with Sue
By SCMG Sue Lovelace
Updated: July 14, 2019
Many gardens serve as nurturing spaces, fostering heirloom seeds that preserve taste, the ability to be true to seed and the history and memories of the places they come from. Because heirlooms are open-pollinated, we can choose to save seeds from the plants that do best in our yards, making them more reliable year after year. Perhaps, too, heirloom plants demand a bit more patience, even diligence, from us gardeners.
Gardens have the potential to perform amazing functions that allow plants to depend on one another to grow more productive, more supportive, more nutritional, and more powerful in the way they can actually change the environment we live in. We can go back thousands of years, before modern gardening, to learn how practical and knowledgeable our ancestors were in working with nature to achieve incredible results.
Milpas are essentially gardens that combine agriculture along with the personal connections of the gardeners to their families, communities, crops, and the land. Our gardens can partly employ the uniqueness of Milpas by thoughtfully growing heirloom plants and imitating the practices of the past, while sharing that with others. When I looked at Bayer Farm yesterday, with all the neighboring plots melded together like the squares on a quilt, I thought this is surely “Milpas.”
Have a good week in your own Milpas!
“The most important thing, as I am constantly saying, is to think about small ways in which we can make a difference — every day.” Jane Goodall
Master Gardeners in Print
The Garden Doctors
Dana Lozano & Gwen Kilchherr, The Press Democrat
How to grow tasty Sumo Citrus 5/31/2019
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