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


Bulb Planting Workshop

Bulb Workshop

Fall into Spring
Fall Planting for Spring Color

Don't miss this morning devoted to all things bulbs. How to plant, special guest, buy bulbs and more.

Saturday, October 20, 9 AM till Noon. $35 per person.

Details and registration.


2019 Saving the Harvest Calendar

2019 Saving the Harvest Calendar

Our 2019 Calendar is here!  Master Gardeners give you advice about growing it and the Master Food Preservers help you preserve it.

Monthly checklist, veggie planting chart and so much more. All that and still only $10!

Buy online now.


September Horticulture Center Updates

In the orchard


Many of the mid-season apples are ripe this month - Fuji, Gala, Granny Smith. Also harvest Asian pears and figs! See more September orchard activities.

Consider adding a fresh layer of mulch to fruit trees--it helps conserve water now and reduces weeds in winter.

In the WEL

Desert Willow
September 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 Summer and Fall.


The vegetable garden


Grow garlic!  Now is the time to plant for harvest in late spring next year.

Melons may be at their peak this month, but when should they be harvested?     Read  about how to tell when melons are ready to harvest.


Grow herbs!


Time for Thyme. Whether you want a low compact plant or groundcover for your landscape or if you are more interested in culinary arts, there is a Thyme for you.


Microorganisms help break down compost

Meet some of the bacteria at your service helping to decompose your compost pile at different times of year.

Composting with worms? Harvest castings if they are dark and look like coffee grounds.


Backyard berries

Prune cane berries

Check irrigation.  Finish pruning cane berries by removing canes that fruited this year. Watch us prune Boysenberries at the Open Garden on September 8.

See more tips for September.

Continuing News

Pest Alerts!

Asian citrus psyllid

Asian citrus psyllid (Diaphorina citri) and Huanglongbing disease. The tiny insect damages citrus fruit but of more importance, it can transmit a deadly citrus disease.  For more:


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

Page Last Updated: September 20, 2018

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