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Gardener's Companion

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Information on this page is adapted from “A Gardener’s Companion for the Central San Joaquin Valley,” 3rd edition. Get your copy from  Fresno County Master Gardeners for $30. 

 Gardening Questions answered at mgfresno@ucdavis.edu Prepared by Judy Parker, Master Gardener UCCE Fresno County.

Garden Checklist for the week of October 8, 2021

October 8, 2021

Cool fall mornings invite you to enjoy a stroll in the garden with a cup of something hot.

   • Top dress warm-season lawns with well-composted manure.

   • Sharpen and clean tools for fall pruning
   • Leaf fall is the time to start pruning — except for apricots and olives, which should have been done in August.

pruning tree

   • Feed cool-weather plants and vegetables to promote fall growth.

   • This is a good time to plant landscape trees and shrubs.
   • Continue to plant cool-weather annuals and those that use less water such as classic Coreopsis or hybrids such as ‘Rum Punch’


   • Perennials: Lantana, Penstemon ‘Margarita BOP’
   • Bulbs, corms, tubers: allium, anemone, Babiana.
   • Fruits and vegetables: carrots, garlic, lettuce, plant from seed.
   • Annuals: Michaelmas Daisy (Aster novi-belgii), snapdragon (Antirrhinum), calendula,  chrysanthemum paludosum.
Michaelmas Daisy
Michaelmas Daisy

   • Trees, shrubs, vines: Cotoneaster.

Judy Parker, MG UCCE Fresno County

Consult the California Garden Web for more information.

Enjoy Now!


 Harvest almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts and pecans when the outer hulls split open and nuts fall to the ground.  Pick up daily or shorten the task by shaking branches or knocking nuts down with a pole.  Before shelling, dry nuts in the sun for 2-3 days; properly dried nutmeats should snap in two rather than bend. Use shelled nuts right away, or store in the freezer to prevent oxidation (rancidity), mold, and infestation by ants or small worms.

Things to ponder

• Overnight temperatures in late October occasionally drop below freezing.  Frost protection will be needed for houseplants, citrus, avocados and other cold-sensitive plants.
   • Do not replace vinca with pansies in the same bed. A soil-borne fungal root rot affects these plants.


Clovis water schedule

Fresno water schedule

Seasonal IPM Information


Yellowjacket Wasps

Yellowjacket wasps prey on other insects and scavenge on human food and garbage.Yellowjackets, sometimes called “meat bees,” defend their nests, as do other social wasps and bees, but are more likely to sting if disturbed while foraging. Stings generally cause pain and short-term injury, but some people suffer severe allergic responses. Prevent injury by avoiding wasps and removing food sources. Trapping or nest treatment can reduce yellowjacket populations.


For information about seasonal pests see the

UCANR Seasonal IPM checklist.

Seasonal Produce

What produce is in season and where can you find it? 

Fresno farmer's markets will help you find Farmers Markets, Farm Stands and CSAs in Fresno County

summer veggies