February in Sonoma County
The Early Spring Vegetable Garden
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.
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Sundays with Sue
By SCMG Sue Lovelace
February 23, 2020
As you may remember from last week, I purchased a few native plants to replace unattended roses planted in memory of my mother in law on hard-to-access terraces in our backyard. Excited to get the natives in the ground, I risked life and limb to figure a good placing for them. It was at that point, that I focused on the fact that out-of-control wisteria runners trailing down from an upper terrace, and massive wild blackberry vines trailing from the depths of infinity, were crisscrossing the area of planting! Therefore, the whole rest of the day was spent clipping, untangling and, sometimes, uttering undesirable words when the thorns of the berry vines encountered my skin!
A day later, the natives were planted and the intermingling vines on that side of the yard were taken care of. While up on the terraces, I, sort of, pruned 3 fruit trees and severely cut back a Sambucus nigra (Black Elderberry). This should be the end of the story. However, after turning on the irrigation and seeing a geyser of considerable magnitude, it was obvious a major line had been broken! I will not go into the resulting drama: just know it got fixed shortly after Adam Scott secured the win on the 17th at Rivera Country Club (Sunday golf on TV). That’s okay; I’m patient!
Needing to be on flat ground again, I decided that seedlings started in my back bedroom were ready to be pricked into larger pots, filled with good potting mix, and transferred to the cool greenhouse. I will tell you that many seedlings did not make it inside as they got very leggy before the transfer, because of variable light. (Grow lights work well in these situations.) If you are wondering why I did not seed in the greenhouse to begin with, there are two reasons. One was the need of warmth for seed germination and the other was the need for cleaning and reorganization of my small greenhouse; more prerequisites!!
Out came the vinegar and water (my favorite cleaning solution for cleaning greenhouses, the inside of pots and just about anything else!) and several hours later, I was ready to move the seedlings in. I placed extra covers over the basil but the onions and kale will be fine. Holes were hopefully patched up enough to protect against sneaky little rodents. Isn’t it funny how being sidetracked can lead you to a better place?!
It’s been a busy but productive week in the garden. All we need now is rain, right?! Have a great week!
“No two gardens are the same. No two days are the same in one garden.” ~Hugh Johnson
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