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


Open Garden - Horticulture Center

Open Garden!

October Open Garden!

Saturday, October 16, 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

We are here for you!

Video library of gardening topics.
Publications. Enjoy!
Facebook updated every day.
YouTube Channel with all the 2021 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


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.

In the WEL

October 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 Fall.

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. 

Backyard berries

Maintain soil pH for Blueberries and fertilize all berries. 

See more berry tips for October.

Grow herbs!

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?

The vineyard

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

See what to do in October in your vineyard.

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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