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: Small Garden Pests

By Sheila Derr, Butte County Master Gardener

November 14, 2014

Vertebrate pests can pose a serious threat to the achievement of one's “dream garden” by wreaking havoc on plants and vegetables literally overnight.  They feed or gnaw on the roots of ornamental plants, vines, shrubs and trees, and even plastic water lines.

In our area, pocket gophers, moles, voles and ground squirrels can do quite a lot of damage in a short amount of time. All of these animal pests are underground dwellers, and spend much of their lives out of human sight. Usually the first sign of their presence...

Continue reading about small animal pests.


Gardening Tips for November

  • Rake and compost leaves and plant materials. Dispose of diseased materials.
  • Spray peaches, nectarines and apricots at leaf fall with a copper spray for leaf curl and shothole.
  • Fertilize cool-season flowers and vegetable.
  • Plant California native plants.
  • For larger blooms, remove excess camellia buds.
  • Water plants that rain cannot reach. Don’t forget your container plants.
  • Flush your irrigation systems to remove mineral desposits.

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?

Is now a good time to plant drought-tolerant, native plants? Answer.


Help us Grow


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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