May in Sonoma County
Fire Safety: What does a “Red Flag Warning” mean? What should you do?
Many residents in Sonoma County live in or near fire danger. For those who do live in a high fire area, knowing what to do when a warning is issued is essential.
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 into Food Gardening -Sebastopol||8/4/2018|
|Gardening with Less Water - HFH Santa Rosa||8/11/2018|
|Fall Food Gardening - HFH Santa Rosa||8/25/2018|
|Healthy Gardens Weed Management - Sebastopol||9/1/2018|
Sundays with Sue
By SCMG Sue Lovelace
Updated: May 20, 2018
Slowly, my list of warm weather crops are filling the raised beds and wine barrels and really, any empty pots I find to plant in. Having extra containers, allows me to keep cool weather plants going longer in the raised beds. The peppers are showing signs (slow growth, blossom death) that the really cool nights and days I have been having are not ideal. Having varieties that say “Early” on their tags and seed packets is advisable, when planting now. It also helps to keep plants covered at night to hold in the warm day temps. Because of this, I am holding my ‘Hansel’ and ‘Gretel’ eggplant plants until the weather warms a bit, as they really thrive in very warm weather. They probably will take over the spots where garlic plants are finishing. The leaves of the garlic plants are starting to dry, telling me it won’t be long. Gardening is a good way to practice patience; right?!
Have a great week!
“Snails do not despair for having short legs but rejoice for being able to travel long distances in spite of them.” Matahona Dhliowayo
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