UCCE Master Gardeners of Sacramento County
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UCCE Master Gardeners of Sacramento County



May Horticulture Center Updates


The vegetable garden


If you haven’t already, soil should be warm enough now to transplant tomato and pepper seedlings.

Warmer temperatures later in May mean it’s time to plant melons!

In the orchard

Fire blight on pears and apples is a big problem when spring weather is wet. For more information and other tips, see May in the Orchard.

Another challenge for apples and pears is managing codling moth.

In the WEL

May is a lovely time in the water-efficient landscape gardens at the Fair Oaks Horticulture Center.

For more favorites, please visit our plant list for Spring.

Backyard berries

Begin harvesting early blueberries and cane berries. 

See more tips for May.

Grow herbs!

Peppermint was first cultivated in the mid-1700s near London. Now it grows almost everywhere in the world.

Learn about growing peppermint.


Ready to use your compost but your compost isn’t ready for you? Use a sifter to screen out the finished “gardener’s gold.”

Pest Alerts!

Asian Citrus Psyllid

The Asian citrus psyllid has been found in Sacramento causing a County-wide quarantine. The tiny insect damages citrus fruit but of more importance, it can transmit the deadly citrus disease Huanglongbing (HLB) or citrus greening.  For more:

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

Brown marmorated stink bugs (BMSB) (Halyomorpha halys) have invaded several areas in Sacramento County.

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