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 July

  • Mound soil up around base of potatoes. Gather and eat a few "new" potatoes from each hill, when plants begin to flower.

  • July 17-23: Third spray for codling moth in apple and pear trees, as necessary.

  • Stake tall-growing flowering plants such as delphinium, hollyhocks, and lupine. Stake tomatoes, as necessary.

Gardening Tips

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Samurai wasp takes on brown marmorated stink bug
Invasive pest may have met its match
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Pump up your pumpkins to giant size
Record-winning pumpkin weighs in at more than 2,500 pounds
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Bring tranquility to the landscape by building your own Zen rock garden
Master Gardener offers tips on how to create one
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Create a small garden big on style and function
Decide priorities before getting started
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Slinky, slimy slugs on the loose and chomping through gardens
Control plant-eating mollusks early and often

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

Would it be possible to start a garden near the top of Mt. Everest?

Upcoming Events

Aug. 03, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Aug. 07, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Benton County Master Gardener board meeting
Sep. 04, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Benton County Master Gardener board meeting
Sep. 07, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Oct. 02, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Benton County Master Gardener board meeting
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