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Watering during drought restrictions

By Bonnie Brown

Due to our Mediterranean climate and frequent drought conditions, we are being required to reduce our water use. Landscapes are a place where water usage can easily be reduced by about 20% to 40% from historic levels, while still having an abundant and attractive yard.

The May 5 meeting of the Valley of the Moon Garden Club will provide recommendations to conserve water in our vegetable gardens, lawns, shrubs, and trees. Many gardeners have converted their irrigation to automated drip systems. Ideas will be presented to optimize these systems to adequately but not overwater gardens. The garden water meter is a useful tool to help understand plant water requirements.

Dennis Przybycien, a Sonoma Master Gardener since 2009, will lead an informal presentation with plenty of time to answer questions from the audience. Dennis has planted and maintained a vineyard, orchard, vegetable and ornamental garden on a large property in Sonoma Valley for more than 20 years. He is a retired research chemist for Kaiser Aluminum and Chemical Corporation and has an AA degree in ornamental horticulture. Przybycien is a past president of the VOM Garden Club.

The meeting is open to all and is at Burlingame Hall, First Congregational Church, 252 West Spain Street, Sonoma. Meet and greet time is at 6:30 p.m., and the presentation is at 7 p.m. A plant raffle and refreshments follow the meeting. Garden Club members are free, and the guest fee is $5. Chairs are spaced, and masks are by choice.

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