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

  • If moles and gophers are a problem, consider traps.

  • Dig and divide rhubarb. (Should be done about every 4 years.)

  • Harvest and store apples; keep at about 40°F, moderate humidity.

Gardening Tips

Fireplace
Choose dry, well-seasoned wood for the best fires
For most people fires are more about enjoyment than saving money
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Use prevention methods to fight fruit tree diseases
Don't wait until spring to combat problems
Brown marmorated stink bug
Brown marmorated stink bugs head indoors for winter
Gardens get more damage as number of insects grows
Bulbs in pots.
Spring-blooming bulbs grow well in pots
Tulips, daffodils and other bulbs will put on a pretty display when planted in containers
Indigo Cherry Drops
OSU Master Gardeners grow grafted vegetables at The Oregon Garden
Demonstration garden draws public interest in new type of vegetables

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. 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
Nov. 14, 2017 9:00am - 6:00pm
Largest Agriculture Expo in the Pacifici NW!  Over 175 exhibitors featuring over 140,000 square feet …
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