Resources for Gardening in Sonoma County
In this section you will find basic information on how to grow your own fruits and vegetables all year long in Sonoma County.
- Year-Round Growing Guide for Sonoma County
A concise guide compiled by Wendy Krupnick for month-by-month planting, harvesting, and garden maintenance.
- Vegetable Planting Summary
An extensive Sonoma County Master Gardener guide to planting times and techniques.
First Steps and Gardening How To's
- Getting Started with Home Grown Food
Here are some basic ideas to get started planning your food garden.
- Growing Vegetables
A Sonoma County Master Gardener guide that tells how to plan a vegetable garden and how to prepare and plant the garden.
- Transforming Your Lawn into a Food Garden
Techniques to convert lawn into food plants.
- Basic Fruit Tree Planting and Care
A guide to choosing, planting, and maintaining fruit trees.
- Feed the Soil-So It Can Feed You
Cover crops, mulch, and compost can greatly improve your soil health.
- Hints for Composting
This Master Gardener document outlines the basics of composting and gives tips for faster composting, reducing particle size, watering and aerating, and more.
- The Climate-Friendly Gardener
A guide to combating global warming from the ground up.
- Water-wise Food Gardening
How can you grow food without going over your water budget? This simple guide provides water-wise watering tips and irrigation information.
- Residential Rainwater Management
With more concrete and blacktop, it is harder for rainwater to replenish groundwater supplies. Fortunately, there are simple low-cost things that we can do to prevent runoff that can also beautify our gardens and property.
- Community Garden Network of Sonoma County
This Network was formed in early 2012 to connect and support Sonoma County's many (80 and counting) community gardens. It is dedicated to providing access to resources, gardening leadership training, technical assistance, fund development support, and other services to community gardens throughout the county and to facilitating communication and partnership among community garden organizers, garden members, and the larger community. A directory of Community Gardens on the website is extensive and is updated frequently, organized by city.
- Community Garden Start-Up Guide
A step-by-step guide to creating a community garden in your neighborhood.
- Community Garden Resources in Sonoma County. A list of links and resources that will be helpful to people starting or maintaining a community garden.
- Creating a Neighborhood Garden Wheel
How to work with your neighbors and friends to create and nurture food gardens throughout the neighborhood.
Garden Materials and Supplies
Check with your local hardware store or nursery for soil amendments and other garden supplies. If you need more specialized materials, look in the Yellow Pages under “Landscaping Equipment Supplies” or “Irrigation Systems and Equipment”. Also, be sure to check the iGROW Garden Calendar for local events where garden supplies or produce are available.
Testing your Soil
If you’d like to test your soil for pH (i.e., level of acidity or alkalinity), organic matter, and macro and micro-nutrients, Harmony Farm Supply (www.harmonyfarm.com) is a local agent for A&L Labs, which performs these tests on soil samples that you submit. Call Harmony for information about the soil testing process and cost at 707-823-9125.
Connect with other Gardeners
Connecting with other food gardeners is one of the best ways to learn. Here are some ways to make the connection:
- Check the iGROW Garden Map and Garden Calendar for gardens and events near you.
- Consider starting or joining a Garden Wheel group or gardening club in your neighborhood.
- Transition Sebastopol - Food Group
This group is working with iGROW to promote food gardening in Sebastopol and has an email group list for those interested in creating food resilience in the community.
- Transition Cotati – Food Group
This group facilitates discussion about food projects in Cotati, including garden sharing, locally grown market, etc.
- Subscribe to one of the Sonoma County email lists below to share and exchange gardening information and materials.
School Garden Network
http://schoolgardens.org (Sonoma County school gardeners only)
Let Us Know
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if your neighborhood or community group has an email list for sharing gardening information and resources and would like it posted here. To start your own neighborhood gardening yahoo group, go to http://groups.yahoo.com/ and follow the instructions for ‘Start your group’.
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