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


Frost protection

Frosty Chard
Cold weather will damage some plants. Read about how to protect sensitive plants.

Pruning Workshop

We miss you!

As you might have guessed, there will be no January pruning workshop at the Fair Oaks Horticulture Center.    

When we are cleared to hold events, you'll find them on the FOHC Schedule.

2021 Gardening Guide and Calendar

2021 Gardening Guide and Calendar

Learn about landscape and fruit trees and so much more in our 2021 Gardening Guide and Calendar! 

Although our online sales have closed, you can still get your copy. See the list of local retailers.

We are here for you!

Video library of gardening topics. Enjoy!

YouTube Channel with all the Virtual Harvest Day speakers and Master Gardener videos.

Our program is still "open for business" to answer your gardening and pest management questions.

We check email regularly and will respond to your questions as soon as possible: mgsacramento@ucanr.edu



January Horticulture Center Updates

In the WEL

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

For more favorites, please visit our plant lists for Winter.

The vegetable garden

Asparagus grows from seed, but it is easier to buy 1 to 2-year-old crowns. Read about growing and harvesting asparagus and more tips for the winter vegetable garden.   Enjoy shopping catalogs or online for your 2021 victory garden.

In the orchard

Prune dormant fruit trees this month. Whether you prune primarily in winter or summer, it is easier to see what needs to be done when leaves are off the branches. See more about this and other January orchard tasks.

The vineyard

January in the vineyard is a quiet time.  Vines are dormant and pruning should wait till February.

Now is a good time to observe vines, plan and check irrigation systems so you'll be ready for the season ahead.

Backyard berries

Is “grow berries” on your New Year’s resolution list? Get started now!

If you already have berries, it time to prune.

Grow herbs!

Parsley, whether you prefer curly or flat-leaf, is an edible garden winner. Grown as an annual planted in spring and again in fall to ensure continued harvest. Not bothered by freezing outdoor temps and can also be grown indoors. And need we say it’s tasty!


Start composting in 2021! Recycle fruit, vegetables and yard trimmings into a rich soil amendment for your garden, all in your own backyard.

Protect your outdoor worm bin from cold with a blanket or move it near the house or into the garage.

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.

Calendar temporarily on hold due to COVID.


Contact us

COVID-19 Update

Sorry, our office is temporarily closed.   

We are not currently accepting phone calls, walk-ins or specimen drop offs.

For all of your gardening questions, please use our e-mail. We monitor it regularly: 


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