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

  • Blossoms on squash and cucumbers begin to drop; this is nothing to worry about. Cherries may also drop fruit; this is not a major concern.

  • Use yellow sticky traps to monitor for cherry fruit fly. About 1 week after the first fly is caught, spray cherries at appropriate intervals.

  • Fertilize vegetable garden 1 month after plants emerge by side dressing alongside rows.

Gardening Tips

How to dry fruits and vegetables
Dried fruits and vegetables are healthy snacks
How to dry herbs
Dried herbs keep their flavor
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

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 …
Jul. 13, 2017 - Jul. 15, 2017 (all day)
Summer is almost here!  We hope your plans include joining us for the 25th National …
Aug. 03, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
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