2024 Gardening Guide and Calendar
Our 2024 edition is available now online (credit card), at one of our upcoming events (see the Calendar on the right) and at local retailers.
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Wednesday, October 11, 9 AM - Noon
Wander around the demonstration gardens, ask questions and get advice on water-efficient plants, cool season vegetables and much more.
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October Horticulture Center Updates
In the orchard
Pomegranates are ripening. Try to pick them before rain causes cracks in the skin.
See more October orchard activities.
The vegetable garden
It’s not too late to plant cool-season vegetables. Check the October column of our Vegetable Planting Chart (PDF). Visit garden stores for plants.
This is the month to harvest pumpkins and winter squash for cooking and for fall decorations. Harvest after the vines have dried and before the first frost.
In the WEL
Pineapple sage blooms late in summer just when hummingbirds (and humans) need a bright pop of color and delightful fragrance.
The end of the summer vegetable garden can provide the beginnings of a beautiful compost pile. Put only disease- and pest-free plants and vegetables in the pile.
Are manures right for the compost pile?
October is the time to eat grapes and inspect plants for leaf problems.See what to do in October in your vineyard.
This highly destructive insect has been confirmed in Sacramento County areas of Arden-Arcade and Rancho Cordova.
Report suspected finds to the Sacramento County Agricultural Commissioner office or call the California Department of Food and Agriculture's Pest Hotline at 1 (800) 491-1899.
Read more on the Japanese beetle from UC IPM.
Asian citrus psyllid
Brown marmorated stink bug
Brown marmorated stink bugs (BMSB) (Halyomorpha halys) have invaded several areas in Sacramento County.
4145 Branch Center Road
Sacramento, CA 95827
Telephone Help Desk:
Monday through Thursday
9 AM to Noon, 1 to 4 PM
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Fair Oaks Horticulture Center
11549 Fair Oaks Blvd.
Fair Oaks, CA 95628
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