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

Sacramento County Master Gardeners

Harvest Day evaluation


If you joined us for Harvest Day 2017, we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.

If you did not complete an evaluation, please help us make this event even better for you by answering a few short questions.  Thank you!


2018 Gardening Guide and Calendar

2018 Gardening Guide and Calendar

It's back, and it's better than ever! Get our beautiful 2018 Calendar. Monthly reminders, loads of information, vegetable planting chart and more. All this for $10 each, and you are helping our program. 

Buy online.


Buy bulbs!

Brodiaea laxa coccinea

Bulbs are very drought tolerant.  Winter rain is usually all they need.  This year we are offering a few unusual varieties along with the tried and true.

We have nine dazzling varieties for your gardening pleasure.


Master Gardener Training

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Do you (or someone you know) want to become a Master Gardener?

Training for 2018 is in the planning stages. Bookmark our Training page for news about applications, dates and times.

August Horticulture Center Updates

The vegetable garden

Colorful Carrots!

Do you have room in your garden for fall/winter vegetables? Download our Vegetable Planting Schedule (PDF) to see what to plant now. Also see August tips for more ideas.

What’s eating my veggies--besides me? Visit our Vegetable Problems in Summer pages for answers to this and more.


In the orchard

Citrus in container

Check citrus in containers to be sure roots have not blocked drain holes.

Prune apricots and cherries by the end of the month so cuts heal before wet weather begins.

See more August orchard activities.


In the WEL

Black-eyed Susans
August is a lovely time in the water-efficient landscape gardens at the Fair Oaks Horticulture Center.

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


Grow herbs!

French Tarragon

French Tarragon is known for its distinct “anise” flavor. It prefers well-drained soil and full sun.

Because it doesn’t bloom, you have this herb to use all summer.


About composting

Compost thermometer

It’s hot out there, time to monitor the compost pile for moisture and excess heat.

Put only disease- and pest-free fruit and vegetable garden waste in the compost pile.

Continuing News

Pest Alerts!


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


The Bagrada bug (Bagrada hilaris) was first found in Sacramento County in November, 2014.

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Sacramento, CA  95827

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Alien growths? Actually, these strange growths arising from the base of grape canes are adventitious roots, meaning they are growing from a location on the plant that is not typical. They are more common in some grape varieties than others. According to Carole Ludlum, a vineyard project leader at the Fair Oaks Horticulture Center, "Their purpose is unknown, but they do not harm the vine and are not a sign of damage or disease." Home table grape growers can bookmark this helpful page of links on our website: sacmg.ucanr.edu/Growing_table_grapes/

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