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

Home vegetable gardening

Summer Harvest. Click to enlarge
Summer Harvest. Click to enlarge
Few experiences can match the pleasure of savoring homegrown vegetables.  The flavor and number of varieties that you can grow far exceed what you can buy at a grocery store.  Growing vegetables does not have to be time consuming or difficult.  Many vegetables can be grown successfully in containers on patios and rooftops.  Experience really is the best teacher, and as your gardening knowledge increases, so will the rewards.

When you grow your own food, you know where it came from and exactly how it was grown.  If you are concerned about the use of chemical-based fertilizers and pesticides, you have control over the fertilizers and soil amendments used to make your crops flourish as well as what you use to fight pests and diseases.  Also, you will know that your vegetables are as fresh as possible.

Below is a collection of resources just for the home gardener.  For details on the vegetable garden at the Fair Oaks Horticulture Center, visit the link in the gold bar above.

Resources

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Websites

Publications

  • Vegetable Gardening 101 (PDF 98kb) covers just about all aspects of growing vegetables in your home garden. (EHN 96)

  • Vegetable Planting Schedule (PDF) shows proper times for planting vegetable seeds and transplants for the Sacramento area. (GN 96)

  • Monthly tips to help you get the best from your vegetable garden.

  • Vegetable Problems in Summer will help you diagnose problems in your victory garden.

  • Grow your own vegetables (PDF 78kb) tip sheet covers the basics of home vegetable gardening including planting requirements, when and how much to plant.

  • Vegetable Garden Basics (PDF 86kb)  is a 7-page document that covers planning and planting a home vegetable garden. (ANR 8059)

  • Attracting beneficials (PDF) the good guys who help you manage insect pests. (GN 129)

  • Cover cropping in home vegetable gardens explains how and why to plant a cover crop to improve soil quality and nutrition.

  • Soil solarization for gardens and landscapes using the heat of the sun to manage soilborne pests from the UC IPM program.

  • Soil solarization research project (PDF 292kb) was conducted in a Sacramento County strawberry field.

  • Crop Rotation lists the top ten vegetable families and their members to help vegetable gardeners plan a crop rotation schedule.

  • Seed packet information (PDF) is explained. (GN 128)

  • Germinating seeds (PDF) - Optimum soil temperatures are given for a wide variety of vegetable seeds. (GN 154)

  • Edible flowers (PDF) includes information about which are edible and ones to avoid. (GN 155)

  • Community Gardens (PDF) tells about all sorts of community gardens and shows you how you can set one up in your own neighborhood. (ANR 8499)

  • Straw bale gardening (PDF) has been practiced annually at the Fair Oaks Horticulture Center vegetable demonstration garden since 2013. (GN 160)

  • Selected vegetables and melons grown by Sacramento County Master Gardeners:

    • Beets gives information about beets, including planting, care, pest problems and harvesting.

    • Carrots provides information about carrot cultural requirements, varieties grown, results, and tasting comments from a demonstration at the Fair Oaks Horticulture Center in 2007-2008.

    • Growing Lettuce in Warm Weather gives you suggested varieties and cultural tips.

    • Melons (PDF 104kb) provides information about melons, including planting, care, pest problems and harvesting. (EHN 99)

    • Melon demonstration describes melon cultural requirements, varieties grown, results, and tasting comments from a demonstration at the Fair Oaks Horticulture Center in 2007.

    • Sweet Potatoes in Sacramento gives information for growing sweet potatoes including growing slips, planting, caring for, harvesting and storing them.

    • Sweet potato experiment describes the growing experiment conducted at the Fair Oaks Horticulture Center in 2013.

    • Tomatoes, cherry (PDF 168kb) describes the cultural requirements, varieties grown (with pictures), results, and tasting comments from a cherry tomato demonstration at the Fair Oaks Horticulture Center in 2007. (GN 109)

    • Tomato varieties (PDF 104KB) favored by Sacramento County Master Gardeners. (GN 147)

  • Vegetable Container Planting Tips (PDF) gives information about growing vegetables in containers, including the best vegetables and varieties. (GN 140)

  • Soil and Plant Tissue Testing Laboratories (PDF). (GN 130)

  • Home Vegetable Gardening Resources (PDF) gives you a complete list. (GN 164

Videos

Helpful Books

 


ANR = free publication from the UC Agriculture and Natural Resources Catalog
PN = free publication from UC Integrated Pest Management
EHN = Environmental Horticulture Notes from the UCCE Master Gardeners of Sacramento County
GN = Garden Notes from the UCCE Master Gardeners of Sacramento County

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