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 October

  • Place mulch over roots of roses, azaleas, rhododendrons and berries for winter protection.

  • Cover asparagus and rhubarb beds with a mulch of manure or compost.

  • Drain or blow out your irrigation system, insulate valve mechanisms, in preparation of winter.

Gardening Tips

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Don’t be fooled, figs grow fine in western Oregon
Drought-tolerant plants need yearly pruning
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Butterflies need room and board to stick around in the garden
Food for both adults and caterpillars are necessary for effective habitat
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Birds welcome variety that comes with backyard feeders
Avoid food that comes with unnecessary fillers
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Trapped heat is deadly to garden pests
The process of solarization kills weeds, diseases and insects
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Much to gardeners’ delight mulching cuts down on weeding and watering
Materials give variety of looks and performances

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

When weeding, I twist the weed to the right, to remove the root. Knowing that the northern hemisphere has a different 'spin' from the southern, am I doing it correctly?

Upcoming Events

Oct. 21, 2017 10:00am - 12:00pm
Learn how to harvest, clean and store your Mason Bee cocoons. Bring your mason bee …
Oct. 28, 2017 10:00am - 12:00pm
Learn how to harvest, clean and store your Mason Bee cocoons. Bring your mason bee …
Nov. 02, 2017 10:00am - 12:00pm
Learn how to harvest, clean and store your Mason Bee cocoons. Bring your mason bee …
Nov. 02, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Nov. 06, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Benton County Master Gardener board meeting
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