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

Sacramento County Master Gardeners

In the WEL this month

Oregon Grape

March 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 winter water efficient favorites, please visit our Spring Plant List.

This month in the vegetable garden

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March is still a good time to plant potatoes.  They come in many sizes, shapes, and colors.  Potatoes generally have white flesh, but there are varieties that have yellow, red, or blue flesh.  Read more about planting, growing and harvesting potatoes here.

In the orchard this month

codling moth damage -2

To help control codling moth damage to apples and pears, set out traps by mid-March to monitor when the moths begin to fly.  For more information about codling moth control and other March orchard activities click here.

Composting reminder

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“Browns” to add to the "greens" in your compost pile may be hard to find at this time of year. Read more about how to solve this problem.

If you're composting with worms, harvest the castings if they are dark and look like coffee grounds.


Gardening with limited water

Ribes speciosum
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. 
Ribes speciosum, beautiful, thorny native shrub that attracts hummingbirds and requires no summer water.

2015 Gardening Guide and Calendar

GG 2015 cover

Order your 2015 Gardening Guide and Calendar, Our All Stars for All Seasons, online now. To see more about this Gardening Guide and how to order it, click here.  Remember, it makes a great gift!

Pest Alerts!


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

Read more

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

Read more



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Sacramento County
Master Gardeners
4145 Branch Center Road
Sacramento, CA  95827

916.876.5338 (New Number!)

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