October in Sonoma County
Mark your calendars for the Spring 2020 Bloomin’ Backyards garden tour presented by the UC Master Gardener Program of Sonoma County. Eagerly anticipated, this biennial event is scheduled for Sunday, May 17, 2020 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and will be held in Petaluma. Six unique gardens belonging to Master Gardeners have been included for their beauty and as displays of sustainable gardening practices. 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.
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
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
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Sundays with Sue
By SCMG Sue Lovelace
Updated: October 13, 2019
Did I say harvesting? There’s still plenty in those beds or on the trees that could easily overwhelm a kitchen. For weeks I had a sizable bowl full of purple tomatillos sitting on the counter. Determined to put the beautiful veggies to use, I threw them into a pan with taco meat and a jalapeño and cooked them pretty well before loading them into shells along with the usual black beans, salsa, onions, and cheese. Speaking of overwhelming, our digestive systems may not have been ready for so many tomatillos at once; just saying a few tomatillos go a long way!
Boy, do I divert, both in the garden and in my writing! Where was I? Oh yes, prioritizing garden tasks can be difficult unless they happen to be time dependent like planting and harvesting. Often, it’s the tasks that attract the most attention either by their appearance or in the obstruction they create. For example, I tripped over a wisteria vine traveling on the path in the front yard yesterday which had me emphatically stating “Time to prune the wisteria!” While out there, I ended up leveling a few perennials as well as selectively deadheading others knowing the pollinators are still busy collecting nectar. Garden tasks, all in good time!
The intention this week was to plant garlic, lots of it, in my large raised bed but guess what, the rocky compost did not get sifted to apply to soil; therefore, the garlic will have to wait! There’s still time: the planting window for Sonoma County is October-November. I’m still planting more greens: lettuce, kale, and chard. Because we have five ravenous chicks who love greens, there are never enough leafy greens! Also planted was a second round of radishes—the French breakfast type. We harvested the peppery arugula to have in a salad, so yummy!
Have a great week in the midst of fall, better yet, if it’s in your own garden!
“I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.” Henry David Thoreau
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