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



May is a lovely time in the water-efficient landscape gardens at the Fair Oaks Horticulture Center.  Read more about what's especially attractive now. 

For more favorites, please visit our plant lists for Spring and Summer


This month in the vegetable garden

sliced tomato

Transplant tomatoes and peppers this month.  Seeds of pumpkins, beans.... Read more.

See results of the straw bale gardening project conducted at the vegetable demonstration garden last year.

In the orchard

fire blight

Fire blight on pears and apples is a problem in our area; see more information about dealing with fire blight

Codling moth is a common insect pest on apples and other fruit. Read about controlling this pest

See other May orchard activities.

About composting

turning compost


Read about turning your compost pile and what to use to turn it.

If you're composting with worms, continue to add more food because the worms are working hard to make wonderful castings for your garden.

Gardening with limited water

WEL April Peruvian-Scilla
Learn the best ways to care for your plants during drought.   Click here for links to helpful information about using less water in your garden. 

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

2017 Gardening Guide and Calendar


Coming Soon!  Look for the 2017 Gardening Guide and Calendar at Harvest Day and at retailers on August 6!   See more about this Gardening Guide and how to order it.  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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Page Last Updated: May 29, 2016

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