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

Sacramento County Master Gardeners

2017 Gardening Guide and Calendar


It's not too late to get our beautiful 2017 Calendar. Monthly reminders, colorful pictures and illustrations, pests gallery, vegetable planting chart. All this and more for $10 each. 

Buy online. Also at local nurseries.

February Horticulture Center Updates

The vegetable garden

Potatoes in living color!
Potatoes come in many sizes, shapes, and colors. Some varieties may surprise you with yellow, red, or blue flesh! Read about planting, growing and harvesting potatoes and more in the February vegetable garden.

In the orchard

Peach leaf curl
February is the time to spray your peach and nectarine trees to control peach leaf curl, especially if the leaves looked like this last year. See more information and other February orchard activities.


In the WEL

February 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 Winter.


About composting

Compost in a hurry
Want compost in less than 3 months? Try the rapid or hot pile technique. Build it, water it, turn it regularly, but don’t add to it.


Grow herbs!

We just can't get enough of Sage (Salvia officianalis) in the garden! Plants are sturdy, drought tolerant, taste great and they attract hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies. What’s not to love?


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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Flower Power – Cymbidium (sym-BID-ee-um). Prized for their long-lasting sprays of flowers, Cymbidiums need a constant supply of moisture and plenty of light (but not full sun). For best bloom, leaves should be a medium to golden green in color, not dark green. It is very important for initiation of flowers to have a difference in temperatures between night and day; something they won’t get in the house. Plants can live year around outdoors if you protect them from temps below freezing. Visit the American Orchid Society for culture tips: http://www.aos.org/orchids/culture-sheets/novice-cymbidium.aspx Need plants? Show and Sale, March 4, Shepard Garden & Arts Center: http://sacramentocymbidiums.org/EventDetail.aspx?recID=50 Plant in photo grown by UC Master Gardener Vivian Sellers.

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