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

  • Tie limbs of upright evergreens to prevent breakage by snow or ice.

  • Western Oregon: Good time to plant garlic for harvest next summer; and to transplant landscape trees and shrubs.

  • Reduce fertilizer applications to houseplants.

Gardening Tips

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Consider the options when buying a lawn mower
Gas-powered, electric and push mowers have different strengths
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Tomato lovers: Grow the best by recognizing and solving common problems
From blossom drop to blight, tomato troubles frustrate gardeners
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Samurai wasp takes on brown marmorated stink bug
Invasive pest may have met its match
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Pump up your pumpkins to giant size
Record-winning pumpkin weighs in at more than 2,500 pounds
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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

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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