Butte County Master Gardeners
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
Annual Plant Sale Oct. 17
Join us for our sale of California native plants and other water-wise plants. Learn more.
What's Growing On
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
Master Gardeners First Annual Plant Sale
Paradise Farmers' Market
Downtown Oroville Farmers' Market
Bees in Your Garden
Gophers, Moles, & Voles—Oh My! Managing Vertebrate Pests in Your Garden
Now’s the Time to Put Your Native Plants in the Ground
Building Compost Bins
Composting and Vermicomposting (worms)
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.
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Look for us 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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Visit our Drought and Water-Wise Gardening section for up-to-date information on how to save water in your home and yard.