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Shasta Horticulture Resources Bulletin – A resource for northern California Gardeners.

If I had to choose one site to recommend to northern California gardeners this would probably be it.  Created and maintained by Doug Mandel, it contains links to outstanding sites covering nearly all gardening issues.  It has up-to-date information on dates and times of upcoming gardening events.  You will find important, well written information, and timely articles, on a variety of gardening issues in Doug’s Blog posts.   Doug has been a UC Master Gardener for many years, and is a valuable, contributing member of the Shasta Native Plant Society.  The Shasta Horticulture Resource Bulletin is a terrific gardening site. 

The following links  are ones I use often.  You will find them to be full of valuable information.

UC Integrated Pest Management (IPM) web page =

UCANR Gardening web page =

UC – California Backyard Orchard – Fruit & Nut Trees

Shasta Master Gardeners =  Master Gardeners of Shasta County

A Way to Garden – (This is a wonderful web site, obviously produced with love and knowledge).

Dave Wilson Nursery – (This site contains a treasure trove of information on growing fruit trees.)

Fall Creek Farm and Nursery – (If you have a question on blueberries this site probably has the answer) =

United States Department of Agriculture Climate Zone Map =


Chill Hours Calculator – UC Davis Fruit & Nut Information Center

Chill Hours – Shasta College =






There are many fine publications available on gardening, native plants, wildlife and health.  Listed below are ones I have read (or use as a resource) and recommend. For those who may be interested the amazon link to each of the publications is included.

California Master Gardener Handbook.  This book is the text used for the Master Gardener class. This, approximately 700 page publication, is chock full of excellent information on nearly all aspects of gardening.  It is published by the University of California Agricultural and Natural Resources department.  I’ve found it to be a valuable reference tool.  amazon link to Handbook


Sunset’s Western Garden Book.  An outstanding collection of information on nearly all gardening subjects.  One of my go-to reference books. amazon link to Sunset book

The Winter Harvest Handbook.  This is my favorite vegetable gardening book.  It covers year round vegetable production, using deep-organic techniques and unheated greenhouses.  Its author Eliot Coleman, maintains a year round vegetable farm in Maine, growing both in unheated greenhouses and outdoors.  Sound advice and tips permeate the 250 page book.  amazon link to Winter Harvest Handbook


Four-Season Harvest.  This is another excellent book by Eliot Coleman.  It is devoted to producing organically grown vegetable from your home garden all year long. amazon link to Four Season Harvest


Mini Farming Self-Sufficiency on 1/4 Acre.  Written by Brett Markham, this well organized and beautifully presented book covers : Saving, selecting buying seeds – Maintaining and improving Soil – Compost, crop rotation and timing – Using Organic Methods – Canning, freezing, and dehydrating – And more.  It has a permanent place in my gardening library and is well worth the modest price. amazon link to Mini Farming


How to GROW FOOD IN YOUR POLYTUNNEL All year round.  This book is co-authored by Mark Gatter & Andy McKee, and was published in the United Kingdom. It contains good sound advice on growing vegetable in a high tunnel hoop house (or polytunnel).  Well written and easy to understand. amazon link to How to Grow Food in Your Polytunnel

STRAW BALE GARDENS complete.  Authored by Joel Karsten this very complete book takes one through the ins and outs of straw bale gardening from beginning to end.  For me, this is a must read for anyone interested in straw bale gardening. amazon link to Straw Bale Gardens

SECRETS OF THE OAK WOODLANDS.  Another Master Gardener lent me her copy of this book and it was so interesting that I ordered a copy for my library before completing the second chapter.  This is a beautifully written and illustrated book on plants, fungi, birds, reptiles, amphibians, insects and mammals in the Oak Woodlands of California. This book is a treasure and will not disappoint the reader. amazon link to Secrets of the Oak Woodlands