Tuesday, August 26, 2008

2009 Master Gardener Calendar

(Colorful cover art and interior black & white and semi-transparent illustrations by Susan Poirier)

I'm enjoying my advance copy of the 2009 Sacramento County UC Master Gardeners Gardening Guide and Calendar. This year's popular theme is "Savoring Home Grown". Printed on off-white recycled paper with embedded bits of color flecks, each month features harvest-ready vegetables.

For instance, September tells you it's time to harvest melons, how to determine ripeness and how to store your melons once picked. There's plenty of space to add your own notes on the calendar pages.

In addition to Harvest This Month, other categories include:

Garden Maintenance
Pest Notes
Be Water Wise
Try Something New

At the back of the calendar, you'll find two very handy charts-

Vegetables: A Guide for Cultivation in the Sacramento Area Sacramento Vegetable Planting Schedule (Yes!)

And finally...
How to Have a Happy Lawn

Calendars are available at the UC Cooperative Extension Office, 4145 Branch Center Road, Sacramento, 875-6913 and soon at most nursery locations in the Sacramento County area.

Here's to a delicious new year!


  1. Anonymous9:16 AM

    Sounds great. I wish there was one for the Southern California area, but I don't think there is. Do you think most of the information would translate to the Los Angeles area? I visit Sacramento all the time, and our climates seem so similar.

  2. Hi Theresa,

    I don't think the calendar would translate well to Los Angeles. You would probably be better off bookmarking Sunset's monthly online garden calendar for Southern California. It's great. "What to do in your garden..."

  3. Anonymous8:49 PM

    Thank you Angela...
    Bummer we don't have a master gardener calendar here. I am a master food preserver through the Los Angeles branch of the extension service. I know people would love a calendar for our area. Oh well.

  4. I found your site interesting and informative. I will definately check back again.

  5. Anonymous10:54 PM

    Thanks for the tip--I will look for the calendar!