Butte County Master Gardeners
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Butte County Master Gardeners

Butte County Master Gardeners


Upcoming Events

Chico Farmers Market
November 1, 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

pink camellias
From the Real Dirt: Camellias Brighten the Winter Garden

By Barbara Ott, Butte County Master Gardener

October 31, 2014

Camellias bloom abundantly in our Butte County winters. The sight of their richly-colored blossoms glowing in gray winter light may bring back memories of one's grandmother's house.  Certainly the camellia's gift of glorious winter flowers has made this slow-growing evergreen shrub a longstanding favorite in winter gardens, as evidenced by the sheer number of large old camellias seen throughout this region.  Originally cultivated in China and Japan, camellias were brought to England with the expansion of the tea trade in the 18th century, and were first planted in America in 1797.  Pioneering settlers brought...

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Gardening Tips for October

  • Apply chelated iron to azaleas, gardenias, and camellias if leave are yellowing between the veins.
  • Clean up the summer vegetable garden and compost the disease-free plant matter.
  • Harvest winter squash and pumpkins.
  • Plant cover crops in beds that will be rested during winter.
  • If needed, dig up corms and tubers of gladiolus, dahlias, and tuberous begonias after the foliage dies. Clean and store in a cool, dry, dark place.
  • Handpick snails and slugs.
  • Trim spent flowers from roses.
  • Apply mulch to bulbs and tubers left in the soil.
  • Fertilize established lawns and reseed bare spots.
  • Plant daffodils over a 2-3 week period for extended spring bloom.
  • Protect compost piles and bins from rain.



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.

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Vegetable Planting Guides


Vegetable Planting Guide Chico Valley Area

Vegetable Planting Guide for the Foothills




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