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 September

  • Western Oregon: Plant winter cover of annual rye or winter peas in vegetable garden.

  • Harvest winter squash when the "ground spot" changes from white to a cream or gold color.

  • Reduce water on trees, shrubs, and vines east of Cascades to harden them for winter.

Gardening Tips

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Start now to reap vegetables in fall
Seeds and transplants should be planted in summer
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Consider the options when buying a lawn mower
Gas-powered, electric and push mowers have different strengths
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Tomato lovers: Grow the best by recognizing and solving common problems
From blossom drop to blight, tomato troubles frustrate gardeners
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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

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

I have a small garden plot that I have let go fallow over the summer, but would like to plant something to keep the weeds down until next year. Most of the cover crops I read about look a lot like the invasive weeds I'm always pulling! What should I plant that can be easily tilled into the soil for planting next spring?

Upcoming Events

Oct. 02, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Benton County Master Gardener board meeting
Oct. 05, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Oct. 19, 2017 10:00am - 12:00pm
Learn how to harvest, clean and store your Mason Bee cocoons. Bring your mason bee …
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 …
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