Got Gardening Questions?
Visit or call the Hotline
Or drop by: The Butte County Cooperative Extension Office
2279-B Del Oro Avenue
Oroville, CA 95965
You can also catch us in person at local farmers markets or at one of our information booths. Check out where we'll be on the Events page.
Help Us Help You
You never can tell what's at the root of the problem. Below are some questions we may ask when you call:
- Name of plant
- Age of plant
- Soil type (loam, sandy, clay)
- Current watering methods (drip, sprinkler, hand)
- Frequency of watering
- Sun exposure
- Evidence of insects or other damage – check on both sides of leaves
- Recent changes that may effect the plant (watering, fertilizing)
Samples and photos related to your question are strongly encouraged. Drop them by the office any time, or email them to:
In the subject put: Attention Master Gardeners
Include a description of the problem.
What’s Hot Now?
What is the difference between determinate and indeterminate tomatoes?
by Brent McGhie
Q: What vegetable seedlings can be set out in March?
The terms determinate and indeterminate refer to the growth habit of a tomato plant. Determinate tomatoes are bush-like, grow to a certain size, produce a single crop and then decline. Indeterminate tomatoes have a vining growth habit. They grow and produce fruit continuously until killed by frost or disease.
For more information
- Tomatoes (pdf) from UC Davis, Vegetable Research and Information Center
- "Determinate vs. Indeterminate Tomatoes." Butte County Gardening Guide and Three-Year Gardening Journal. Chico, CA, 2016. 28. Print.