UCCE Master Gardeners of Calaveras County
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UCCE Master Gardeners of Calaveras County

UCCE Master Gardeners of Calaveras County

Gardening Tips for October

  • Clean out flower and vegetable gardens to discourage diseases and pests from overwintering in your beds.
  • Rake leaves from ditches to make way for the rain that's coming.
  • Re-program drip system timers for cooler weather and rain.
  • Update your garden journal, noting what worked and what didn't work.  Look around at the fall color you might want to plant for next year
  • Mulch or mow leaves on your lawn and add to your compost pile - either an existing one or a new one.
  • Apply a thick layer of compost to enrich your soil for spring planting.
  • Apply mulch to bulbs and tubers left in the ground.
  • Deadhead spent flowers.
  • Lift tuberous begonias.
  • Lift and divide dahlias, dust with sulfur before storing.
  • Divide lilies.
  • Cut back and divide spent perennial phlox asters.
  • Cover compost bins with plastic tarps once the rains begin.
  • Clean out bird houses and bird feeders.
  • Cut old berry canes and tie the new canes to support wires. It's easy to identify the old canes now - they're turning brown.
  • Finish pruning any fruit trees after the last fruit is removed.
  • Check dates of Master Gardener classes.

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Master Gardener Training 2017 - Calaveras County

Orientation Meeting: 
Date: October 20, 2016 
at 3:30 p.m.
Location: Calaveras County Library, 1299 Gold Hunter Road, San Andreas

Find out how to apply.

Got a Gardening Question?

Calaveras County Master Gardeners are here to answer your gardening questions!

  • Office hours: 10-Noon, Wednesdays
    • 891 Mountain Ranch Road in San Andreas
  • Phone: 209-754-2880
  • On-line: Ask a Master Gardener

Bring a sample for identification, or drop by to ask questions. If you bring a sample, please put plant material in a plastic bag. For insect identification, don't bring them alive! Please preserve insects in a container with rubbing alcohol, or by freezing.

Newsletter

Each month we produce a newsletter with monthly to-do list, upcoming events and articles to help you garden in Calaveras County.

Read our April 2015 newsletter.

To subscribe, email calmastergardener@gmail.com.

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Master Gardener Calendar

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Download the 2015 Garden Event Calendar. You will need the free PDF reader to open it. Get the free reader here

Master Gardeners in the Press

Master Gardeners regularly contribute articles to local newspapers.  See their latest gardening news and advice!

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