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 June

  • Use yellow sticky traps to monitor for cherry fruit fly. About 1 week after the first fly is caught, spray cherries at appropriate intervals.

  • Pick ripe strawberries regularly to avoid fruit-rotting diseases.

  • Control garden weeds by pulling, hoeing, or mulching.

Gardening Tips

Save the taste of summer by freezing fresh strawberries
Oregon is berry country.
Apply manure to caneberries in late fall or early winter
In western Oregon, late fall or early winter is the time to apply manure to fertilize your established red or black raspberries and blackberries, including marionberries, boysenberries and loganberries.
Wet weather fosters cherry and stone fruit tree cankers
Our prolonged wet, cool spring weather is likely to bring on canker disease problems in cherry and other stone fruit trees.
Cover your losses with ice storm-resistant trees
Winter ice storms can wreck havoc on landscape trees.
Tricks for growing melons in PNW Maritime climate
Growing melons successfully in many Pacific Northwest locations requires a few tricks.

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

Jul. 03, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Benton County Master Gardener board meeting
Jul. 06, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Jul. 10, 2017 - Jul. 14, 2017 (all day)
The International Master Gardener Conference (IMGC) has been held every two years since 1987.  The …
Aug. 03, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Aug. 07, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Benton County Master Gardener board meeting
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