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 July

  • July 10-15: Spray peach and prune trees for peach tree borer, and peach twig borer, as necessary.

  • Place traps to catch adult apple maggot flies. You can use pheromone traps to monitor presence of pests.

  • Stake tall-growing flowering plants such as delphinium, hollyhocks, and lupine. Stake tomatoes, as necessary.

Gardening Tips

How 'green' is your Christmas tree?
Oregon Christmas trees are bio-degradable
Wet weather and small acreages can be unhealthy for horses
Keep horses away from winter mud
Slow, cool composting is the easy way
Cool composting is slow but effective
Clean up and cut back
Autumn is time to clean up and cut back
The science behind autumn colors
OSU horticulturist Pat Breen explains the science behind autumn colors.

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

Would it be possible to start a garden near the top of Mt. Everest?

Upcoming Events

Aug. 03, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Aug. 07, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Benton County Master Gardener board meeting
Sep. 04, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Benton County Master Gardener board meeting
Sep. 07, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Oct. 02, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Benton County Master Gardener board meeting
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