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 October

  • Remove and dispose of windfall apples that might be harboring apple maggot or codling moth larvae.

  • Plant garlic for harvesting next summer.

  • Western Oregon: Harvest squash and pumpkins; keep in dry area at 55 degrees to 60 degrees Farenheit.

Gardening Tips

Use hypertufa to make containers that look like stone
Hypertufa makes containers that look like stone
Cucumber bitterness explained
Cucurbitacin is cause of cucumber bitter taste
New updates available from Oregon State University on canning tomatoes safely
How to safely can tomatoes and salsa
Harvest those veggies!
When garden produce is ready, don't hesitate too long before you harvest. What to look for when harvesting vegetables.
Plants can survive effects of wet, warm weather
There is life after warm, wet weather.

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

When weeding, I twist the weed to the right, to remove the root. Knowing that the northern hemisphere has a different 'spin' from the southern, am I doing it correctly?

Upcoming Events

Oct. 28, 2017 10:00am - 12:00pm
Learn how to harvest, clean and store your Mason Bee cocoons. Bring your mason bee …
Nov. 02, 2017 10:00am - 12:00pm
Learn how to harvest, clean and store your Mason Bee cocoons. Bring your mason bee …
Nov. 02, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Nov. 06, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Benton County Master Gardener board meeting
Nov. 14, 2017 9:00am - 6:00pm
Largest Agriculture Expo in the Pacifici NW!  Over 175 exhibitors featuring over 140,000 square feet …
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