June in Sonoma County
Rooted in Flavor
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: June 16, 2019
Unforgettable was a visit to a musher camp owned by a world renowned Iditarod (a thousand mile dog sled race through the tundra of Alaska) winner, Jeff King. There we saw he and his staff, the dogs that pulled the sled, and learned in detail what it takes to prepare for, then actually participate in the race. We cuddled puppies that were being nurtured to be future sled dogs. Thrilling to hear, was that a couple of women had been past Iditarod winners.
We got to know young people, some already through college, who were already full of Alaska adventures who want to live in and protect this ecological paradise. We also met retirees, some of them native Alaskans, who come up to work and interpret history in the “warm season” and then return to a more moderate climate for the winter.
As we are about to leave Alaska, I feel full of its amazing nature, wildlife and spirit and know the images of all we experienced and learned, plus the people we met, will be with me forever.
To dads of all levels, Happy Fathers Day! To all, have a wonderful week.
“I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.” John Burroughs
Master Gardeners in Print
The Garden Doctors
Dana Lozano & Gwen Kilchherr, The Press Democrat
How to grow tasty Sumo Citrus 5/31/2019
Tips for buying hard-to-kill houseplants 5/17/2019
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