February in Sonoma County
California Natives for a Sustainable Landscape
Sonoma County Master Gardener information on California natives includes:
The practices of sustainable gardening, especially by a large portion of home gardeners, can have an immediate and positive impact on the environment. Home and community food gardeners have a number of sustainable practices available to them. Read more.
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 Workshops-Petaluma Seed Bank||3/2/2017|
|Monarchs and Milkweed-Rincon||3/4/2017|
|Making Your Sonoma County Garden More Sustainable-Sebastopol||3/4/2017|
|The Single Best Thing You Can Do For Your Garden-Windsor||3/4/2017|
Find links to workshop handouts under Resources/Workshop Handouts.
Sundays with Sue
By SCMG Sue Lovelace
SUNDAYS WITH SUE - February 26, 2017
When I return this week, seeds of warm weather veggies and flowers will be started in the greenhouse, or garage or house, depending on warmth. Tomatoes (Is it really that time again?), peppers, eggplants, zinnias, marigolds, cosmos, and nasturtiums will be seeded inside. Beans, squash, corn, and cucumbers will be seeded directly in the ground as soon as the soil and air are warm enough. I am keeping my varieties of veggies down to a few of the old favorites this year, as I want to take advantage of the plant sale at our local Harvest For The said Hungry Garden on the last Saturday in April. Not only are the seeds selected and nurtured with organic and heirloom but the proceeds of the sale go to supporting this incredible garden that grows for shelters and food banks around Sonoma County.
Are there varieties of veggies that you did not plant last year but wish you did? Top of my list are poblano and padrone peppers. Boy, did we miss those two! Poblanos are good for stuffing with cheese to make chili rellenos and padrones are fantastic just sautéed in hot oil. Now, I am excited! Nothing like a garden to get one ready for spring; right?!
Another decision: cut and turn under (or leave on top) the fava bean plants, or keep growing the beans. No real decision for us, as my Italian husband loves to eat the beans. After harvest and the chickens have pecked at them, greens will go into compost.
Speaking of chickens, our two are happy that some of the broccoli from the fall are flowering so that they can peck at the flowers (a delicacy!!). Every day, I pick a few greens, then tie them up for them to peck at. Another reason for growing plenty!
Have a great week in the garden!
"Gardening is learning, learning, learning. That’s the fun of them. You’re always learning." –Helen Mirren
Master Gardeners in Print
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. https://formandfoliage.wordpress.com/
The Garden Doctors
Dana Lozano & Gwen Kilchherr
Stepping stones and bench placement
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Food Gardening Editor: Stephanie Wrightson
Staff Photographers and Videographers
Electra de Peyster
Laura Salo Long