Gardening

Using sustainable and research-based techniques, learn how to grow your own vegetables, connect with other gardeners, or use Ask an Expert to seek gardening advice. 

Things to do in August

  • Monitor garden irrigation closely so crops and ornamentals don't dry out.

  • Check apple maggot traps; spray tree if needed.

  • Camellias need deep watering to develop flower buds for next spring.

Gardening Tips

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Eclipse watch: How will plants and critters respond?
A period of darkness could influence behavoir
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Tips and tricks to save water during a hot summer
Prolonged heat wave amps up need for water in the garden
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Sand, silt or clay? Texture says a lot about soil
Clay is not as bad as you might think, as long as it has organic material
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Evergreen Hebes perform colorfully in the garden
Plants with small leaves tend to be more cold hardy
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Fight fires with appropriate landscaping
Create defensible space around your home to help keep wildfires at bay

Gardening Courses

Master Gardener Online

Learn the art and science of growing and caring for plants, and even become a Master Gardener, through this two-option online course.

Become a water-wise gardener

Plant an economical and environmentally friendly and garden with the help of the WaterWise Gardening online course series.

Popular Publications

A new publication from OSU Extension shows a full-circle approach to gardening on school grounds
Use this self-guided learning module to find information on grapevine nutrient needs and how to diagnose problems with disease, insects, drought, sunburn, and herbicides.
Learn how to create a "cloche" that can be used to protect your plants from cold weather.
If you lack space for a garden, consider raising vegetables in containers.
Making a poor garden better often begins with the soil. If your garden soil is poor, consider giving it some help.
Strategies to to keep the bugs out of your garden.
Improve your soil by adding organic matter and creating raised beds.
Basic instructions on how to prune your trees.

Question of the Week

We have a large infestation of flea beetles, centralized in our garden. There are millions of the beetles. We put 1000 ladybugs out last night. The garden is approximately 60x100 ft. Do we need more lady bugs or is there another approach to kill these beetles?

Upcoming Events

Sep. 07, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Sep. 11, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Benton County Master Gardener board meeting
Oct. 02, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Benton County Master Gardener board meeting
Oct. 05, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Nov. 02, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
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