August in Sonoma County
The UC Master Gardeners of Sonoma County Demonstration Garden was at the Sonoma County Fair from August 3-13, 2017
Keep your garden “green” by using materials in your garden that are permeable (like our decomposed granite patio), recyclable, and natural (like our mulch). Composting kitchen & garden waste reduces the amount of landfill and feeds microbes in the soil. It’s easy to build a compost bin similar to the one in the demonstration garden.
Growing your own food is fun, and it tastes so much better than store-bought produce. Our food demonstration garden at the County Fair shows how to grow great herbs & vegetables in our climate. Check out the drip irrigation in the raised beds, maximizing watering efficiency. And lastly, to create a habitat inviting to birds and bees, we just need to add plants to attract pollinators and provide cover as well as a source of water and good nesting sites. Visit our Sustainable Home Gardening web page for more information on the 7 key principles of sustainable gardening.
First Winner of County Fair UC Master Gardener of Sonoma County Sustainability Award for 2017
Sonoma County farmers' markets are in full swing. You'll find a Master Gardener information table at most of them. Do you have gardening questions? We have gardening answers! Stop by--we'd love to meet you. Click here to find out the markets where you'll find us!
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
Interested in becoming a master gardener? Click here for information and the application for the 2018 training program.
|The Transitional Food Garden- Harvest for the Hungry- Santa Rosa||8/26/2017|
|Plant 4 Pollinators-Rincon||8/26/2017|
|Health Care for Succulents- Harvest for the Hungry- Santa Rosa||9/9/2017|
|The Transitional Fall/Winter Food Garden||9/9/2017|
Find links to workshop handouts under Resources/Workshop Handouts.
Sundays with Sue
By SCMG Sue Lovelace
SUNDAYS WITH SUE - Updated: August 20, 2017
Time to plant carrot, radish, beet, spinach, chard, broccoli, etc. for the fall, if I can find space. The warmth will get seeds going to grow in cool weather.
Have a good week in the garden!
“I think of my canning as fast food, paid for in time up front.” Barbara Kingsolver
Master Gardeners in Print
The Garden Doctors
Dana Lozano & Gwen Kilchherr, The Press Democrat
Over the Garden Fence
Steve Albert, Kenwood Press
Made Local Magazine
featuring Spring Gardening Tips by Sue Lovelace
(Pollinator Friendly Garden &
Grow Your Own Food)
and Susan Foley (Low-Water Gardening)
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