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 November

  • Place mulch around berries for winter protection.

  • Western Oregon: Take cuttings of rhododendrons and camellias for propagation; propagate begonias from leaf cuttings.

  • Rake and destroy leaves from fruit trees that were diseased this year. Remove and discard mummified fruit.

Gardening Tips

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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.
Deadheading a rhododendron
Should you deadhead your flowers?
Deadheading makes sense for repeat bloomers and highly modified annuals, but for most other plants it is a matter of appearance and the personal taste of the gardener.

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

After pulling out plants from summer garden what procedure is necessary for prepping them for my compost pile. Also can I use stems and limbs in the pile. I do not have a shredder yet. Not sure I need to buy one.

Upcoming Events

Dec. 04, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Benton County Master Gardener board meeting
Dec. 07, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Jan. 01, 2018 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Benton County Master Gardener board meeting
Jan. 04, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Feb. 01, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
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