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. Watch a video about the OSU Master Gardener program in Newport, Oregon.

Things to do in May

  • Plant dahlias, gladioli, and tuberous begonias in mid-May.

  • Prepare and prime irrigation system for summer.

  • Trap moles and gophers as new mounds appear.

Gardening Tips

cloche
Lengthen growing season by building a coldframe or cloche
Construction materials can include fiberglass, wood, wire, plastic and PVC hoops.
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Timing can be important when watering vegetables
Avoid watering in the late afternoon so that the foliage is dry going into the night.
Corn. (Photo by Lynn Ketchum)
Aim for the horticultural grand prize at county fair
Could your spotless peppers or flawless flowers have what it takes to claim the blue ribbon at your county fair this summer?
Oregon Snowflake. (Photo by Ryan Contreras)
OSU's new flowering currant is ideal for small yards
If you don't have much space to plant shrubs, you'll want to keep an eye out for Oregon Snowflake, a new flowering currant developed by Oregon State University that is smaller than other currants.
Chile peppers. (Photo by Lynn Ketchum)
Spice up your garden with the perfect pepper
If you've become exasperated trying to make peppers thrive in Oregon's short-lived growing season, don't give up hope just yet.

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 been using slug pellets to control the slug and snail population in the yard with great success. Now the crows are eating every bit of it. The moment I put it out and go inside the crows are in the yard eating it up. Have not found a sick or dead crow in the area. Any suggestions?

Upcoming Events

Jun. 01, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Jun. 03, 2017 (all day)
The fifth annual National Get Outdoors Day event will be held on Saturday June 3rd, …
Jun. 05, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Benton County Master Gardener board meeting
Jun. 07, 2017 5:00pm - Jun. 09, 2017 5:00pm
RECEPTION JUNE 7, 5-6 PM OPEN VIEWING JUNE 8-9, 3-5 PM 
Jul. 03, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Benton County Master Gardener board meeting
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