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

  • Dig, clean, and store tuberous begonias if frost threatens.

  • Optimal time for establishing a new lawn is August through mid-September.

  • Pick and store winter squash; mulch carrot, parsnip, and beets for winter harvesting.

Gardening Tips

Hebes
Hebes provide fall and winter color
If you like to prolong color in your landscapes through the summer and into the fall, consider planting evergreen shrubs called Hebes (pronounced HEE-bees) for vivid color in both flowers and foliage during summer and fall.
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New OSU online course helps gardeners, nurseries diagnose plant problems
Identifying diseases, pests and other threats to plant health can be a challenge for even the most experienced gardener or landscaper. A new online course from Oregon State University aims to make diagnosing sick plants and choosing the right treatment easier.
Yellow Jackets
Life's a picnic for yellow jackets
Yellow jackets buzzing around pop cans, hamburgers and fruit salad can ruin barbecues. And, because their sting can be life-threatening for some people, it might be necessary to destroy nests found near human activity.
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Be on the lookout for symptoms of tomato late blight
Late blight, a fungal disease that infects tomatoes, usually shows up in Oregon gardens as weather turns wet and humid, and it’s dispersed by the wind and rain.
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Let annuals go to seed in the fall
Good seed setters include sweet peas, sunflowers, calendula, borage, nasturtiums and annual delphiniums.

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
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Oct. 21, 2017 10:00am - 12:00pm
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Oct. 28, 2017 10:00am - 12:00pm
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