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

Sacramento County Master Gardeners

Buy bulbs!

Peruvian Scilla

Bulbs are very drought tolerant.  Winter rain is usually all they need.  This year we are offering a few unusual varieties along with the tried and true.

We have nine dazzling varieties for your gardening pleasure.


2018 Gardening Guide and Calendar

2018 Gardening Guide and Calendar

It's back, and it's better than ever! Get our beautiful 2018 Calendar. Monthly reminders, loads of information, vegetable planting chart and more. All this for $10 each, and you are helping our program. 

Buy online.


Master Gardener Training

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Do you (or someone you know) want to become a Master Gardener?

Training for 2018 has been scheduled and application packets are available. Visit our Training page for dates, times, application and more.


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

Lavender and butterfly
September 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 Summer and Fall.


The vegetable garden

Grow garlic!

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.


About composting

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.


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.


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.


The Bagrada bug (Bagrada hilaris) was first found in Sacramento County in November, 2014.

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