UCCE Master Gardeners of Sacramento County
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UCCE Master Gardeners of Sacramento County

Sacramento County Master Gardeners

MG training application package available

Click here (or the Training tab above) for the necessary information and forms to apply for the Sacramento County Master Gardener volunteer program.  Applications must be received at the Sacramento County UC Cooperative Extension office by
5 p.m. on October 22, 2014.

In the WEL this month

This is a lovely time to visit the water efficient landscape gardens at the Fair Oaks Horticulture Center.  Read more about what's especially attractive at this time of year. 

For more of our hot weather water efficient favorites, please visit our Summer Plant List.

This month in the vegetable garden

melon 'creme de la creme'

Melons may be at their peak this month, but when should they be harvested?   Cantaloupe/muskmelon is fully ripe when it pulls off the stem easily (it “slips” from the vine).  Read more about how to tell when melons are ready to harvest.

In the orchard this month

Cathys figs

Many of the mid-season apples are ripe this month - Fuji, Gala, Granny Smith.  Also harvest Asian pears and figs!  For more September orchard activities, click here.

Visit the orchard during the next Open Garden at the Fair Oaks Horticulture Center on September 20 from 9a.m. until noon.

Composting reminder

Chopped greens and browns.
The end of the summer vegetable garden can provide the beginnings of a beautiful compost pile.  Chop plant stems and.... Read more. 

Composting with worms? Harvest castings if they are dark and look like coffee grounds.

Gardening with limited water

Carpenteria Californica
Learn the best ways to care for your plants during this drought.  Click on the "Gardening with limited water" tab at left (or click here) for links to helpful information about using less water in your garden. 
Carpenteria Californica, beautiful drought tolerant native shrub.

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug



Pest Alert!

Brown marmorated stink bugs (BMSB) (Halyomorpha halys) have invaded several blocks in Midtown Sacramento.

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UC Cooperative Extension
Sacramento County
Master Gardeners
4145 Branch Center Road
Sacramento, CA  95827


Telephone consultation:
Monday through Thursday
9am to 12pm, 1 to 4pm
Office is closed on Friday

Please call for walk-in
office hours. 

To get directions, click on the red balloon on the map below.

UC Gardening Blogs

  • Like Bugs?

    Added September 22, 2014
    Lynn Kimsey, director of the Bohart Museum of Entomology, and millipede enthusiast Evan White, both of UC Davis, show Texas Gold-Banded mllipedes. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

    Like bugs? Thinking about becoming an entomologist or just want some...

  • No Butterflies Without Caterpillars

    Added September 19, 2014
    A very hungry Gulf Fritillary caterpillar working over the Passiflora. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

    How can you hate a caterpillar and love a butterfly? You can't. Some...

  • Short Cut

    Added September 18, 2014
    A honey bee sipping nectar from a hole drilled by a carpenter bee on a foxglove. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

    We all take shortcuts. We look for the shortest line at the supermarket,...

  • Bring Back the Monarchs!

    Added September 17, 2014
    Backlit, the monarch resembles a stained glass window as it touches down on a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

    When a monarch butterfly comes fluttering through your yard, grab your...

Page Last Updated: September 17, 2014

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