July in Sonoma County
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Is It Too Late For a Summer Food Garden?
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.
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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
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Sundays with Sue
By SCMG Sue Lovelace
Updated: July 15, 2018
We picked our first 3 ‘Lemon’ cucumbers and, now, we are talking “Summer”; especially sliced up with ‘Stupice’ tomatoes! There is one caveat to these vines: finding the cucumbers! I have them growing over a slanted trellis and the vines (actually 3 of them) are very thick and directing them away from the surrounding veggies is one of my challenges. The next cucumber to develop will be my coveted ‘Long Improved Green’ which I grow from seed obtained from Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello garden. These cucumbers are so good! Thomas Jefferson was an avid gardener; bringing seeds from all over the world to grow, and then documented their growth and characteristics. His views on the importance of good soil and state of the art cultural practices have sustained the gardens at Monticello and provided a groundwork for all of us. Following this cucumber will be a sweet, melon tasting, ‘Armenian’ cucumber. I did not plan for this cucumber in the raised beds, so it is planted in the front yard supported by a strong tomato cage as the fruit really gets huge. The fact that I have this succession of cucumbers is what I term “Accidental Brilliance”; meaning I had not planned to be so smart. Having veggies with different maturity rates is a great way to enjoy different varieties of cucumbers over a long period of time, and hopefully, I will remember to be intentionally brilliant next year!!
Have a great week and enjoy the fruits of the summer garden.
“The perfect dessert ... is a perfect piece of fruit, and the most perfect fruit has to be a perfect peach.” Alice Waters
Master Gardeners in Print
The Garden Doctors
Dana Lozano & Gwen Kilchherr, The Press Democrat
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