Winter in Sonoma County
Essential Garden Tools
|Selecting the right tool for the job can make any gardening task easier. Rainy winter days are the perfect opportunity to consider which tools you might want to add to your inventory and how to inspect, clean, protect, repair and properly store them. Getting your tools ready will give you a jump start on your spring gardening. For more information see our list of Essential Garden Tools and Garden Tool Maintenance Nitty Gritty – Scrub, Sharpen, Sanitize, Lubricate.
Practice Integrated Pest Management for Healthy GardensIntegrated Pest Management, or IPM, is a process you can use to promote healthy gardens and solve pest problems. IPM involves the use of environmentally sound practices to keep pests, diseases, and weeds from damaging gardens while minimizing risks to people, pets, wildlife, and the environment. Check out our new IPM page to find out more about this critical practice.
SucculentsUnder our section on Recommended Landscape Plants for Sonoma County, we added a comprehensive section on succulents. Learn about the different varieties that thrive in our climate and how to care for them. From the resilient Sedums and Sempervivums to our native Dudleyas, get to know the diverse succulent species that flourish in Sonoma County's microclimates and discover the best succulents for our region. Find out when to expect flowering of the different succulent varieties, whether you should plant in containers or in the ground, pests and diseases, and so much more.
To grow food sustainably we emphasize using practices that will not compromise future conditions of the environment. We break down the practical implementation of sustainability in our food gardens into categories using these basic principles.
- A food garden begins with good soil
- The right plants for your food garden are those vegetable and fruit crops that you want to eat and that can grow successfully in your microclimate
- Include herbs and flowers as companion plants to encourage beneficial insects
- Sustainable pest management approaches are those that are the least toxic
- Water conservation
For more information see our Monthly Tips on food gardening tasks you can do each month to make your garden, healthy, beautiful and productive.
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