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UCCE Master Gardeners of Sacramento County


2023 Gardening Guide and Calendar

It's  not too late. For only $10 you can have a year of gardening advice. 

Our 2023 Gardening Guide and Calendar is all about growing vegetables.

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Cold weather will damage some plants. Be prepared to protect sensitive plants.

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Snap a pic of your problem plant or mystery bug and email it to the Help Desk: mgsacramento@ucanr.edu


February Horticulture Center Updates

The vegetable garden

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 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.

In the orchard

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.

Grow herbs!

February is a good time to plant seeds for Calendula. This edible flower makes a big show in the garden, attracts beneficial insects, and is a lovely addition to many food dishes.


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.

Backyard berries

Shop for new berry plants for your garden and finish pruning.

See more tips for February.

The vineyard

Late February is usually a good time to prune the vineyard. 

Learn the different pruning methods and other tasks this month in the vineyard.

Pest Alerts!

Japanese beetle

This highly destructive insect has been confirmed in Sacramento County areas of Arden-Arcade and Rancho Cordova.

Report suspected finds to the Sacramento County Agricultural Commissioner office or call the California Department of Food and Agriculture's Pest Hotline at 1 (800) 491-1899.

Read more on the Japanese beetle from UC IPM.

March, 2022

Asian citrus psyllid

The Asian citrus psyllid has been found in Sacramento causing a County-wide quarantine. The tiny insect damages citrus fruit but of more importance, it can transmit the deadly citrus disease Huanglongbing (HLB) or citrus greening.  For more:

Brown marmorated stink bug

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


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4145 Branch Center Road
Sacramento, CA  95827

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Fair Oaks, CA 95628

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