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 June

  • Move houseplants outdoors for cleaning, grooming, repotting and summer growth.

  • Prune lilacs, forsythia, rhododendrons, and azaleas after blooming.

  • Last week: Second spray for codling moth in apple and pear trees, as necessary.

Gardening Tips

Asian lady beetles swarm to shelter in autumn
Asian lady beetles swarm to shelterin autumn.
Cultivate wildness at home by growing a hedgerow
Diversely specied hedgerows may foster biodiversity in your yard.
Permaculture class offered in Portland
Permaculture class begins Oct. 2
Tips on keeping harvested potatoes fresh
Keep harvested potatoes fresh
Pressure cooker needed to can meat and poultry safely
Low-acid meats need pressure canner processing for safety.

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

Jul. 03, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Benton County Master Gardener board meeting
Jul. 06, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Jul. 10, 2017 - Jul. 14, 2017 (all day)
The International Master Gardener Conference (IMGC) has been held every two years since 1987.  The …
Aug. 03, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Aug. 07, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Benton County Master Gardener board meeting
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