Gardening basics

If you are new to gardening you can find some useful tips on how to plan the garden, prepare the seedbed, work the soil, and fertilizers among other topics in this link from the University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources. You may also download the document: VegGardenBasics.

For detailed information on particular crops and general gardening topics visit the Vegetable Research and Information Center website and The California Garden Web.

Visit the UCCE Master Gardeners of Orange County website for even more information and check this handout of a class by the Master Gardeners on November 2010.


Find specific information on peppers, eggplant, snap beans, tomatoes, cucumber, summer and winter squash, sweet corn, and melons in this document: veg_info_by_UCD.

If you are interested in growing tomatoes you might find this information useful: growing_tomatoes.

Weeds & Pest Management

A great resource on how to identify weeds in your garden is to send an email to the hotline at the UCCE Master Gardeners of Orange County. They will be able to give you advice and help you identify the weed you have in your plot.

If you already know about the weed or pest, and don’t know what to do,  you can find more information at the Weed/Pests section of the UCCE Master Gardeners of Orange County.

Finally, if you don’t have weeds or pests in your garden but want to learn about preventive measures and controls, you can visit the Integrated Pest Management site by the Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of California.