Resources from EGC (English/Inglés)

Recursos de EGC (Español)

Scroll down to find online resources, books, podcasts, specific plant care, gardening-related social media groups, and workshops and in-person learning opportunities.

Haza scroll para buscar recursos en línea, libros, pódcast, cuidar de plantas específicas, grupos sociales para jardinería, y talleres y oportunidades de aprender en persona.

General Online Resources

Master Gardeners – Planting guides, tips, and opportunities for trouble-shooting assistance.

Sacramento-area Vegetable Planting Calendar – UC Davis planting guide for Sacramento area for starting seeds, planting transplants and direct-planting seeds.

Southern-California Vegetable Planting Calendar – Digital Gardener’s planting guide for Zones 23-24.

Santa Clara County Vegetable Planting Calendar – Master Gardeners’ guide for Santa Clara County.

Bay Area Vegetable Planting Calendar – SF Bay Gardening’s planting calendar, differentiated for foggy and sunny climates.

UC Backyard Orchard – Excellent resource for growing and caring for a variety of fruit and nut trees in California, including stone fruit and citrus.

Redwood Barn Fruit Ripening Chart – Calendar showing fruit ripening periods, useful for planning gardens to maximize year-round fruit availability.


The New Sunset Western Garden Book: The Ultimate Gardening Guide (Revised, Updated Edition 2012)

Western Garden Book of Edibles: The Complete A-Z Guide to Growing Your Own Vegetables, Herbs, and Fruits (2010)

Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture, 2nd Edition (Toby Hemenway, April 2009)

Introduction to Permaculture Revised Edition (Bill Mollison)

Edible Forest Gardens, Vol. 2: Ecological Design And Practice For Temperate-Climate Permaculture (Dave Jacke & Eric Toensmeier)


Davis Garden Show and Beyond (Don Shor) – Focus on Northern California, but applicable generally to any garden.  Excellent range of seasonal topics, informative and practical advice.

The Joe Gardener Show (Joe Lamp’l) – General gardening podcast, with emphasis on organic gardening and growing food.

The Organic Gardener Podcast – Organic-based advice for vegetable gardening.

Gardenerd Tip of the Week – Seasonal, organic, and fun advice covering sustainable living, vegetable gardening and more with focus on urban farms, homesteads and gardens.

Specific Plant Care

Raising Seedlings

EGC’s Seedling Starter Program Guide – Instructions and tips for EGC’s Seedling Starter Program volunteers.


Tip: Harvest when soft yellow color and bursting from paper covering for sweetest tomatillos.  Harvest when still green and firm for tangier fruit.

Tomatillo Planting, Growing, Harvesting – California Gardening YouTube video with basic tomatillo care.

Growing Giant Tomatillos – California Gardening YouTube video specific to giant tomatillos, which is what we grow in our EGC gardens!


Pruning Peppers 101 – Excellent YouTube how-to video for basic pepper pruning.