Butte County Master Gardeners
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Butte County Master Gardeners

Butte County Master Gardeners

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Now Available!

Butte County Gardening Guide and Three-year Journal

Compiled and edited by the Butte County Master Gardeners. Find out how the Guide can help you with your yard and garden.

Just $25 (includes sales tax)

Available at Master Gardener booths at farmers markets throughout Butte County, the Patrick Ranch Gift Store (sales tax not included at Patrick Ranch), and the Butte County Cooperative Extension Office.

Master Gardener Training starts Jan. 19

Learn about our program. Download the Master Gardener application. Application deadline extended until Oct.20, 2015.

Annual Plant Sale Oct. 17

Join us for our sale of California native plants and other water-wise plants. Learn more.


What's New

What's Growing On

Gardening Help

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Real Dirt Blog

Irrigating and Maintaining Native Plants

By Cindy Weiner, Butte County Master Gardener, September 25, 2015

While many native plants are drought tolerant once they are established, they will need supplemental irrigation during the first couple of years. If winter rains fail, both new and established plants will need irrigation during dry spells. Slow, deep irrigation is preferable to blasts of water from the hose. Most people rely on drip irrigation, but other methods can also work. Overhead watering should be done in the early morning so the leaves will be dry by nightfall.

Water the plant every 3 to 4 days for the first month after planting. Let the ground dry out a bit between waterings. Dig down a few inches to check if the soil is still moist. If it is, wait another day or two and check again. After a month, switch to irrigating once a week and continue this schedule through the first spring and summer, discontinuing when the next rainy season begins.... Read about Irrigating and Maintaining Native Plants.


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Where to find us in October

Chico Farmers' Market
October 17, 7:30am to 12:30pm

Master Gardeners First Annual Plant Sale
October 17, 9am–1pm

Paradise Farmers' Market
October 20, 7:30am–12:00pm

Downtown Oroville Farmers' Market
October 28, 4–8pm


October Workshops

Bees in Your Garden
October 3, 10-11:30am

Gophers, Moles, & Voles—Oh My! Managing Vertebrate Pests in Your Garden
October 7, 10–11:30

Now’s the Time to Put Your Native Plants in the Ground
October 17, 10–11:30

Building Compost Bins
October 24, 10–11:30

Composting and Vermicomposting (worms)
October 31, 10–11:30

Get the Fall Workshop Schedule (pdf)


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.


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 

Look for us at local Farmers Markets or at one of our informational booths. Check out where we'll be on the Events page.


Gardening Tips and Guides

What's Hot Now?
: What's causing wavy tunnels and curling in new leaves on my orange tree?  Answer.

Gardening Tips for October

Vegetable Planting Guides
Chico Valley Area (pdf)
Foothills (pdf)


Water-Wise Gardening

Visit our Drought and Water-Wise Gardening section for up-to-date information on how to save water in your home and yard.




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