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 January

  • Western Oregon: Gather branches of quince, forsythia, and flowering cherries and bring indoors to force an early bloom.

  • Monitor landscape plants for problems. Don't treat unless a problem is identified.

  • Clean pruners and other small garden tools with rubbing alcohol.

Gardening Tips

fertilizer
Here's the scoop on chemical and organic fertilizers
Use these tips on how to apply organic amendments
garter snake
Snakes slither through the garden eating slugs, grubs and other pests
Create habitat to attract benefiical snakes to the yard
cloche
OSU expert recommends waiting to plant vegetable garden
A few days of sunny weather isn't enough to warm the soil
mulch
Be prepared in the garden in case of a cold snap
Though it looks like spring has come early, weather is never a sure thing
Weston Miller
OSU Extension gardening expert hosts new call-in radio show
Weston Miller feeds public's hunger for knowledge on radio, TV and magazine

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

Can fireplace ash be used in the garden successfully or is it harmful to the soil?

Upcoming Events

Jan. 22, 2018 (all day)
The Oregon State University Master Gardener™ Program is an Oregon State University (OSU) Extension Service …
Feb. 01, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Feb. 10, 2018 8:00am - 4:00pm
Insights Into Gardening is a day-long seminar hosted by Benton County Master Gardeners.  Whether you …
Mar. 01, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Apr. 05, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
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