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 November

  • Western Oregon: Take cuttings of rhododendrons and camellias for propagation; propagate begonias from leaf cuttings.

  • Service lawn mower prior to winter.

  • To protect built-in sprinkler systems, drain the system and insulate the valve mechanisms.

Gardening Tips

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Invent your own wreath for a festive holiday statement
Almost any plant will do to make a door decoration
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Finding a fresh tree is as easy as the snap of a needle
Keep your Christmas evergreen at its best with regular water
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Get indoor pests to bug off without chemicals
Winter is a good time to check for insects on your houseplants
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Clueless about compost? Expert shares timely tips
Use the 'one-third' system for easy composting
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Pamper fuchsias, geraniums and dahlias through winter
Bring tender perennials inside so they'll survive

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

After pulling out plants from summer garden what procedure is necessary for prepping them for my compost pile. Also can I use stems and limbs in the pile. I do not have a shredder yet. Not sure I need to buy one.

Upcoming Events

Dec. 04, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Benton County Master Gardener board meeting
Dec. 07, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Jan. 01, 2018 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Benton County Master Gardener board meeting
Jan. 04, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Feb. 01, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
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