August in Sonoma County
The following series of workshops is presented by UCCE and features topics of interest to owners of both smaller and larger properties.
|Aug 24||Before Fire Strikes: How to Prepare Your Home & Create a Resilient Rural Landscape|
|Sep 22||Master Gardener Workshop: Firewise Practices for Home Landscape - Santa Rosa|
|Sep 29||Farming 101 Workshop: Maintaining Healthy Livestock in the new Era of Antibiotic Restrictions|
|Oct 6||Master Gardeners Workshop: Firewise Practices for Home Landscape - Sonoma|
Minding the Food Garden in the Dog Days of Summer
August and September are months of abundant harvest in Sonoma County. Be sure to pick your warm weather crops at their peak. Keep your eye out for pests and take precautions to combat abiotic crop symptoms caused by extremely hot weather. And plan for the fall garden--it's right around the corner. Read more.
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||8/25/2018|
|Healthy Gardens Weed Management - Sebastopol||9/1/2018|
|Honey Bees: Pollinators and Honey Makers - Healdsburg||9/1/2018|
|Growing Perennial Vegetables and Small Fruits - Sonoma||9/8/2018|
Sundays with Sue
By SCMG Sue Lovelace
Updated: August 12, 18
Speaking of the Fair, many of the plants used in the exhibits will be sold at a plant sale after the closing of the Fair (8-10pm today, Sunday, and 7am-1pm Monday).
Looking ahead to the Fall and Winter Garden, now is the time to start seeding your cool weather veggies. Cool weather veggies need the warmth of late summer and early fall to germinate their seeds and give a good start to the growth of their plants but depend on cool weather for maturity. Of course, the trick is having veggies reach near maturity (days to maturity are found on seed packets, on plant tags or on Internet) around the predicted first frost dates in your microclimate, adding a couple weeks for the shorter days beginning around November. At that time, the plants will be ready for harvest (short season ones like lettuce, arugula, radishes, micro greens, etc.) and others will go dormant (Broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, etc.). The dormancy lasts until the days start to get longer and warm up a bit, which could be some time around late February depending on your microclimate. I say “trick” because many times there will be consecutive days of unseasonal warmth in the Fall that fools a plant into bolting (producing flowers and seeds) causing the gardener to start mumbling to themselves about why they were so diligent to plant at the “right time!” Last year seemed to be a very cooperative year, weather wise, for many of us. There is no room in my garden for direct seeding. Therefore, I plan to seed in pots and transplant into the garden when there is space (Yes, another trick!)
Have a good week.
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Master Gardeners in Print
The Garden Doctors
Dana Lozano & Gwen Kilchherr, The Press Democrat
How to use homegrown rosemary, 7/27/2018
Sonoma Magazine 7/2018
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