January in Sonoma County
Resilient Landscape Design
We are still in a Drought!
- Drought Management Guidelines
- Gardening in a Drought
- Growing Vegetables in a Drought
- Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership
- Tree Irrigation
- Weekly Watering Recommendations City of Santa Rosa
Visit our Food Gardening web page for monthly food garden tasks and tips and food gardening articles.
This month we feature bare root fruit trees and pruning fruit trees, protecting your citrus from frost damage, and planting asparagus.
Join the Sonoma County Master Gardeners via zoom to refresh your knowledge on winter planting and pruning of fall-bearing/everbearing raspberries. We’ll also share information about selection and care of a useful garden tool and how to manage those pesky bugs that show up in February. Master Food Preservers will show us how to make flavored vinegars. Please register for this event.
Succulents are adapted to survive in semi-arid climates and are quickly compromised by rainstorms if they remain wet. Here are tips to keeping your succulents healthy after heavy rains.
- Get out into your garden and assess the situation.
- Check pots to see if they are water logged, check drainage holes to make sure they are not plugged with mud. Raise pots slightly above ground level to facilitate drainage.
- Look for areas of puddling water avoid planting succulents there in the future. Plant succulents high on mounded fast draining soil.
- Remove any fallen, wet leaves, particularly those that are in the crown of rosette succulents like Agaves and Aloes. Wet leaves cause fungal diseases and rot.
- Assess the condition of individual succulent plants by doing the squish test. Leaves which are translucent, pale, and feel squishy should be removed.
- Check the stem of the plant. If it feels firm and not discolored it will probably be OK. If it feels soft and has turned black the roots will die.
Plants that have suffered some damage from excess water but the disease has not reached in to the heart of the plant can be dug up, squishy leaves removed. The plant can be left out of the ground for several days to dry out. Master Gardeners of Marin County is an excellent source for information about succulents.
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