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

  • Check leafy vegetables for caterpillars. Pick off caterpillars as they appear. Use Bt-k, if necessary.

  • Control hollyhock rust by sanitation, picking affected leaves, or spraying with a registered fungicide. Read and follow label directions.

  • Mound soil up around base of potatoes. Gather and eat a few "new" potatoes from each hill, when plants begin to flower.

Gardening Tips

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Conifers naturally shed needles in summer and fall
You're not looking at the same needles over time
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Natural enemies show up to feed on invasive ash whitefly
Wasp and lady beetle may control invasive insect in next one to two years
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Get the scoop on storing squash and pumpkins
Avoid wating until the first frost to harvest
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Draw the line against deer
Put up a fence, use repellents and choose deer-resistant plants
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Pick, dry and store seed for planting next year
Saving seed is an inexpensive way to grow vegetables

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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