Butte County Master Gardeners
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Butte County Master Gardeners

Butte County Master Gardeners


Upcoming Events

Chico Farmers Market
December 20, 7:30am to 12:30pm
Downtown Chico Municipal Parking Lot 2nd St. & Wall St.
Come by with your gardening questions. Samples and
photos are encouraged.


What's New on the Site

From the Real Dirt: Microclimate

Butte County Climate Map
By Brent McGhie
Butte County Master Gardener
November 28, 2014

By Brent McGhie, Butte County Master Gardener, November 28, 2014 While much of California has a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and cool, moist winters, there are many distinct microclimatic variations within our state.  A microclimate is defined as a local atmospheric zone where the climate differs from the surrounding area.  It can be as small as a few square feet or cover hundreds of square miles.  Selecting plants well adapted to a particular microclimate is probably the single most important way to improve the odds they will survive and flourish.  The Sunset Western Garden Book provides maps of large-scale microclimates, or planting zones, for the...

Continue reading about microclimates.


Gardening Tips for December

  • Water plants as needed.
  • Harvest winter vegetables.
  • Cut chrysanthemums to 6”-8” above the ground after bloom.
  • Choose a living Christmas tree; keep it outside until Christmas week.
  • Prune non-flowering trees and shrubs while dormant.
  • Clean, sharpen, and store garden tools.
  • Mulch, water, and cover tender plants to protect from frost. Be sure to remove coverings during the day.
  • Brighten the holidays with poinsettias, amaryllis, calendulas, Iceland poppies, pansies, and primroses.
  • Stabilize plants that could be damaged by high winds.
  • Prune large trees to prepare for winter storms.


Vegetable Planting Guides

Vegetable Planting Guide Chico Valley Area

Vegetable Planting Guide for the Foothills



Gardening Questions?


Visit or Call the Hotline
Wednesday 9-12pm
Thursday 1-4pm

Call 530-538-7201

Or, drop by the Butte County Cooperative Extension Office
2279-B Del Oro Avenue 
Oroville, CA 95965

Catch us in person at local Farmers’ Markets or at one of our informational booths. Check out where we'll be on the Events page.

What’s Hot at the Hotline?
When should I spray for peach leaf curl? Answer.


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Master Gardeners is a self-funded volunteer organization. If you'd like to help fund our educational programs, please fill out and mail in our Master Gardeners Donation Form. We also accept donations of goods and services.

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