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

  • Harvest potatoes when the tops die down. Store them in a dark location.

  • Reduce water on trees, shrubs, and vines east of Cascades to harden them for winter.

  • Spray for juniper twig blight, as necessary, after pruning away dead and infected twigs.

Gardening Tips

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Bring tranquility to the landscape by building your own Zen rock garden
Master Gardener offers tips on how to create one
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Create a small garden big on style and function
Decide priorities before getting started
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Slinky, slimy slugs on the loose and chomping through gardens
Control plant-eating mollusks early and often
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Wet weather invited crane flies to invade lawns
Larvae feed on grass and leave swaths of brown patches that can be repaired
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Add new flavor to the table with 8 unusual vegetables
OSU Extension master gardener educates people about underused 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

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
Learn how to harvest, clean and store your Mason Bee cocoons. Bring your mason bee …
Oct. 21, 2017 10:00am - 12:00pm
Learn how to harvest, clean and store your Mason Bee cocoons. Bring your mason bee …
Oct. 28, 2017 10:00am - 12:00pm
Learn how to harvest, clean and store your Mason Bee cocoons. Bring your mason bee …
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