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


Open Garden - Horticulture Center

Open Garden!

We're back!

Saturday, September 11, 2021
9 AM - Noon
Fair Oaks Horticulture Center

Don't miss this FREE event!

2022 Gardening Guide and Calendar

2022 Gardening Guide and Calendar

Learn all about fruit and so much more in our 2022 Gardening Guide and Calendar! 

Still only $10.  Learn more

Harvest Day 2021

Harvest Day 2021

Did you miss Virtual Harvest Day?  The live presentations were recorded and appear NOW on our YouTube Channel.  

We are here for you!

Video library of gardening topics.
Publications. Enjoy!
Facebook updated every day.
YouTube Channel with all the 2020 Virtual Harvest Day and Master Gardener videos.

Our program is still "open for business" to answer your gardening and pest management questions. Snap a pic of your problem plant or mystery bug and email it to the Help Desk: mgsacramento@ucanr.edu


September Horticulture Center Updates

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.

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

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 vineyard

September is the time to eat grapes and inspect plants for leaf problems.

See what to do in September in your vineyard.

Backyard 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.

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.


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.

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.



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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