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

  • Midsummer plantings of beets, bush beans, carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, lettuce, kale, and peas will provide fall and winter crops.

  • Monitor camellias, holly, and maple trees for scale insects. Treat if necessary.

  • Place traps to catch adult apple maggot flies. You can use pheromone traps to monitor presence of pests.

Gardening Tips

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Wet weather invited crane flies to invade lawns
Larvae feed on grass and leave swaths of brown patches that can be repaired
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Add new flavor to the table with 8 unusual vegetables
OSU Extension master gardener educates people about underused vegetables
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If you mind moss, get on board with preventative measures
Moss will return if underlying reasons for its growth aren't addressed
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Spring is the time to turn attention to blackberries and raspberries
Get the berry season off to a good start with some fertilizer and a trim
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Nesting boxes invite birds to hatch babies in home gardens
There's more to think about than just hanging up a birdhouse

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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