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. Watch a video about the OSU Master Gardener program in Newport, Oregon.

Things to do in May

  • Leafrolling worms may affect apples and blueberries. Prune off and destroy affected leaves.

  • Plant dahlias, gladioli, and tuberous begonias in mid-May.

  • Control slugs with bait or traps and by removing or mowing vegetation near garden plots.

Gardening Tips

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Blanket vegetable beds with cover crops over winter
Multi-purpose plants add nutrients, suppress weeds and much more
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Red worms eat their way through kitchen waste to produce rich soil amendment
Keeping a worm farm is an easy project
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Don’t be fooled, figs grow fine in western Oregon
Drought-tolerant plants need yearly pruning
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Butterflies need room and board to stick around in the garden
Food for both adults and caterpillars are necessary for effective habitat
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Plant fall crops while enjoying summer’s bounty
Tips on plants to grow for autumn harvest

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

I have been using slug pellets to control the slug and snail population in the yard with great success. Now the crows are eating every bit of it. The moment I put it out and go inside the crows are in the yard eating it up. Have not found a sick or dead crow in the area. Any suggestions?

Upcoming Events

Jun. 01, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Jun. 03, 2017 (all day)
The fifth annual National Get Outdoors Day event will be held on Saturday June 3rd, …
Jun. 05, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Benton County Master Gardener board meeting
Jun. 07, 2017 5:00pm - Jun. 09, 2017 5:00pm
RECEPTION JUNE 7, 5-6 PM OPEN VIEWING JUNE 8-9, 3-5 PM 
Jul. 03, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Benton County Master Gardener board meeting
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