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

Sacramento County Master Gardeners

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October, 2016


~ ~ ~ Horticulture Center Updates ~ ~ ~

The vegetable garden


This is the month to harvest pumpkins and winter squash for cooking and for fall decorations.  Harvest after the vines have dried and before the first frost. 


October, 2016


In the orchard



Pomegranates are ripening. Try to pick them before rains cause cracks in the skin. 

See more October orchard activities.



In the WEL

Teucrium fruticans with bee

October is a lovely time in the water-efficient landscape gardens at the Fair Oaks Horticulture Center.  Visit us at the Open Garden on Wednesday, October 12 from 9 AM - Noon.

For more favorites, please visit our plant list for Fall.



Grow herbs!

Put a little something spicy in your life.

'Hot and Spicy' Oregano might be the perfect herb for your garden.

October, 2016



About composting

The end of the summer vegetable garden can provide the beginnings of a beautiful compost pile. Put only disease- and pest-free plants and vegetables in the pile.

Are manures right for the compost pile?

October, 2016


~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Continuing News ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Gardening with limited water


Use less water in your garden, and learn the best ways to care for your plants during drought.

Want to take out your turf grass? See Lawn Removal Methods.

Pest Alerts!


Brown marmorated stink bugs (BMSB) (Halyomorpha halys) have invaded several areas in Sacramento County.


The first official find of a Bagrada bug (Bagrada hilaris) in Sacramento County occurred on November 10, 2014.

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