May in Sonoma County
Sue Lovelace receives Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award by the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors
Weeding Nirvana or Weeding Neurosis
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
- Quick Guide to Sonoma County Weeds, Sonoma County Master Gardener website
- Weed Key, UC/ANR Integrated Pest Management
- Weed Photo Gallery, UC/ANR Integrated Pest Management
- Information by Specific Weed, UC Weed Research and Information Center
- California Noxious Weeds, California Department of Food and Agriculture, Plant Health and Pest Prevention Services
The 3 Sisters
GardenSense - On-site WaterWise Garden Consultations
Sonoma County residents wishing to schedule a garden consultation can click here.
Sonoma County Master Gardeners are partnered with the Sonoma County Water Agency on a project called GardenSense. The project is intended to help local gardeners further improve their water conservation practices. A free on-site consultation by a pair of GardenSense Consultants will demonstrate to residents how to easily conserve water (and save money) by creating a climate-appropriate garden that is healthy, environmentally sound, and most of all – beautiful!
Topics covered in consultations include advice on lawn removal, low water use plants appropriate to your site, conversion of sprinklers to drip irrigation, an irrigation assessment including overall suggestions for improving water efficiency, and sustainable garden practices.
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
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: Paul Vossen
SCMG Coordinator: Mimi Enright
|Sudden Oak Death Blitz - Petaluma||5/31/2017|
|A Healthcare Program for Succulents-Petaluma Seed Bank||6/1/2017|
|Sudden Oak Death Blitz - various locations||6/3/2017|
|Food Gardening Workshop--Spring into Summer-Santa Rosa||6/3/2017|
Find links to workshop handouts under Resources/Workshop Handouts.
Interested in becoming a master gardener? Check back this summer for information about applying for our 2018 training program.
Sundays with Sue
By SCMG Sue Lovelace
SUNDAYS WITH SUE - May 28, 2017
This year's garden has taken a lot of thought (with the erratic weather, I had plenty of thinking time!!) and I tried to zero in on what we ate last year and what we needed to plant more of, or less of. Tomatoes are always consumed, either fresh or oven roasted with other veggies and then, frozen. Seven plants of different varieties ('San Marzano', 'Stupice', 'Hillbilly', 'Japanese Black Trifele', 'Blondkopfchen' and 'Garden Treasure') are what was planted and should be plenty. We decided to plant more peppers, sweet and hot, because they go with everything and cucumbers: great in salads, waters and smoothies; no brainer! Do you ever have enough basil? I think not, as I was always waiting for more to grow last year and it's sweet smell always made me feel happy to come into the garden. Therefore, it's planted everywhere, especially around the tomatoes. Pesto is a treat beyond treats in our house. So is basil added to anything veggie. Green, red, blue; all good! Green beans are great shade protectors for our chicken coup on really hot days and we love them as well. To accommodate our bean fetish, I added some bush bean seeds in between finishing lettuce in addition to the traditional pole beans. Corn did not make it into the garden this year. An increase in other veggies took up that space. I hope we don't miss the corn too much!! Eggplant (3 plants), herbs, and plenty of flowers round out the beds. Now, time to watch everything grow in anticipation of the feast!
So, as I look around, the rest of the yard comes into focus: shrubs that never got pruned, plants that have taken over (wild berries, alstroemerias, poppies, feverfew and euphorbia, to mention a few), finished artichokes and yes, weeds, really need attention. I have figured out that the best way to deal with it all, is to limit my time each day, allowing myself an hour; 1/2 in the morning and 1/2 in the evening. I am often amazed at how much I can get done!. Do you have an "attack plan" for your yard? Have a good week!
"I grow plants for many reasons: to please my eye or to please my soul, to challenge the elements or to challenge my patience, for novelty or for nostalgia, but mostly for the joy in seeing them grow." ~ David Hobson
Master Gardeners in Print
Made Local Magazine
featuring Spring Gardening Tips by Sue Lovelace
(Pollinator Friendly Garden &
Grow Your Own Food)
and Susan Foley (Low-Water Gardening)
The Garden Doctors
Dana Lozano & Gwen Kilchherr
Form and Foliage
Delight your senses: visit Sonoma County Master Gardener Sara Malone's Form and Foliage blog. Janice LeCocq, photographer of Sara's Petaluma garden, gives us her unique perspective.
Webmasters: Kim Roche, Stan Pawlak
Food Gardening Editor: Stephanie Wrightson
Staff Photographers and Videographers
Electra de Peyster
Laura Salo Long