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Sacramento County UC Master Gardeners

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Master Gardener and UC Publications:

2022 Presentation Handouts

Homegrown Habitat Plant List - Roxie Jones

Central Valley Native Plants - Roxie Jones

Trees - Pam Bone

2017 Presentation Handouts

Chuck Ingels, Horticulture Advisor

Bill Krycia, Adventures in Edibles, Garden to Kitchen

Drought (PDF unless noted)


Pests, Diseases, Disorders (PDF unless noted)

UC IPM Online Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program - broad pest information (HTML) Web link
Aphids (HTML) PN 7404
Apple and Pear Scab (HTML) PN 7413
Asian Citrus Psyllid ANR 8205 
Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (HTML) PN 17469
Cherry Crinkle-Leaf and Deep Suture Disorders ANR 8007
Citrus Bacterial Canker Disease and Huanglongbing (Citrus Greening) ANR 8218
Citrus Leafminer and Citrus Peelminer ANR 8321
Codling Moth (HTML) PN 7412
Codling Moth Management Using Computerized Tools EHN  100
Fire Blight (HTML) PN 7414
Leaffooted Bug (HTML) PN 17468
Navel Orange Split ANR 8038
Peach Leaf Curl (HTML) PN 7426
Scales (HTML) PN 7408
Spider Mites (HTML) PN 7405
Spotted Winged Drosophila (HTML) PN 74158
Thrips (HTML) PN 7429
Summary of Reduced Chemical Pest Management for Fruit and Nut Trees EHN 81
Winter Pest Management in Backyard Deciduous Fruit Trees ANR 8368
Pests of Garden and Small Farms $$
ANR 3332
Pests of Landscape Trees and Shrubs  (preview in Google Books) $$ ANR 3359


Berries (PDF)

Growing Cane Berries in the Sacramento Region EHN 86
Growing Blueberries in the Sacramento Region EHN 88


Water-Efficient Landscaping (PDF)

Keeping Plants Alive under Drought or Water Restrictions (PDF) ANR 8553
How to Grow Sunflowers GN 166
Ornamental Grasses EHN 91
FOHC WEL Plant List GN 101
FOHC WEL Plant List - CA Native Garden GN 139
Attracting Beneficial Insects to your Garden GN 129
Attracting Native Pollinators  GN 156
The Use of California Native Plant Material as a Means of Conserving Water in the Landscape EHN 6
Water-Efficient Landscape Plants EHN 60
Plants and More: An Overview of Water-Efficient Landscapes EHN 60A


Vegetables (PDF unless noted)

Home Vegetable Gardening Resources GN 164
Vegetable Gardening Basics ANR 8059
Vegetable Gardening 101 EHN 96
Vegetable Container Planting Tips GN 140
Cover Cropping in Home Vegetable Gardens GN 87
Growing Beets in Sacramento EHN 95
Growing Melons in Sacramento EHN 99
Growing Sweet Potatoes in the Sacramento Area EHN 102
Growing Tomatoes in the Home Garden ANR 8159
Tomatoes: Suggested Varieties for the Sacramento Area GN 147
Sacramento Vegetable Planting Schedule EHN 11
Sheet Mulching EHN 94
Soil Temperature Conditions for Vegetable Seed Germination GN 154   
Soils and Plant Tissue Laboratories GN 130
Soil Solarization for Gardens and Landscapes (HTML) PN 74145
Straw Bale Gardening EHN 160
Understanding Information on a Seed Packet GN 128
What's in the Bag?  Soil Amendments HTML


Fruit Trees (PDF unless noted)

Coddling Moth Management Using Computerized Tools EHN 100
Fruit Trees:  
Thinning Young Fruit ANR 8047
Planting and Care of Young Trees ANR 8048
Training and Pruning Deciduous Trees ANR 8057
Pruning Overgrown Deciduous Trees ANR 8058
Why Fruit Trees Fail to Bear EHN 68
The Home Orchard $$ (HTML)
ANR 3485


Budding and Grafting (PDF)

Bud Grafting EHN 85
Budding and Grafting Citrus and Avocados ANR 8001
Grafting Affinities of Some Common Fruit Tree Species GN 104


Citrus (PDF unless noted)

Growing Citrus in Sacramento GN 127
Citrus Resources GN 135
Tried and true or something new? Citrus varieties ANR 8472
Growing Citrus in Kern County KC 9382
Photographic Guide to Citrus Fruit Scarring ANR 8090
Frost Protection for Citrus and Other Subtropicals ANR 8100
Integrated Pest Management for Citrus $$ ANR 3033
Asian Citrus Psyllid and Huanglongbing Disease (PN HTML) ANR 8205
PN 74155
Citrus Leafminer (PN HTML) ANR 8321
PN 74137
Navel Orange Split ANR 8038


Grapes (PDF unless noted)

Guidelines for the Home Vineyard EHN 97
Grape Cultivars at the FOHC EHN 97a
Powdery Mildew (HTML) PN 7494
Grapevines—Girdling and Cluster Thinning to Increase Berry Size EHN 30
Grape: UC IPM Pest Management Guidelines ANR 3448


Composting and Soil (PDF)

Composting for the Home Gardener EHN 98
Worm Composting GN 144
Compost in a Hurry ANR 8037
Compost Sifter Building Instructions GN 162
Know Your Soil EHN 55

Herbs (PDF)

Growing Edible Flowers in Your Garden GN 155
Landscaping with Herbs EHN 15
Culinary Herb Profiles EHN 70


Miscellaneous (PDF)

What's in the Bag? Soil Amendments Presentation Handout
Sheet Mulching EHN 94
The Orchard Bee Nesting House GN 102
How to Attract and Maintain Pollinators in Your Garden ANR 8498


Other Books

  • Additional vegetable books: Home Vegetable Gardening Resources, GN 164 (PDF)
  • American Horticultural Society, Pruning and Training
  • Edible Landscaping, Rosalind Creasy, 2010, Sierra Club Books
  • The Edible Front Yard, Ivette Soler, 2011, Timber Press
  • Sunset Western Garden Book, Sunset Publishing
  • Sunset Western Garden Book of Edibles, 2010, Sunset Publishing
  • Garden, Andrea Bellamy, 2010, Timber Press
  • The Edible Flower Garden, Rosalind Creasy, 1999, Periplus Editions
  • The Edible Herb Garden, Rosalind Creasy, 1999, Periplus Editions
  • Jekka’s Complete Herb Book, Jekka McVicar, 2008, Firefly Books, Limited
  • Rodale’s Illustrated Encyclopedia of Herbs, 1998, Rodale Press, Inc.
  • Last Child in the Woods, Richard Louv, 2005
  • Grow Fruit, Alan Buckingham, 2010
  • Eat Your Yard, Nan K. Chase
  • The Edible Garden, Hazel White, Janet H. Sanchez, Sunset Books
  • Vegetable Diseases – a Color Handbook, Steven T. Koike, Peter Gladders, Albert O. Paulus
  • The New Seed – Starters Handbook, Nancy Bubel, 1988, Rodale Organic Gardening Books
  • Seed to Seed – Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable Gardeners, Suzanne Ashworth, 2002
  • Straw Bale Gardening, Joel Karsten, 2013, Cool Spring Press
  • The Beautiful Edible Garden, Leslie Bennett & Stefani Bittner, 2013, Ten Speed Press


EHN- Environmental Horticulture Notes from the Sacramento County Master Gardeners. Files are in PDF format, most are smaller than 100KB, and open in a new window.

GN- Garden Notes from Sacramento County Master Gardeners. Files are in PDF format, most are smaller than 100KB, and open in a new window.

PN- Pest Notes are pest-specific information from the UC IPM Online Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program.

ANR- free downloadable publications (or books that can be purchased) from the UC Agriculture and Natural Resources Catalog.

$$ - there is a charge for this publication.

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