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

  • Control garden weeds by pulling, hoeing, or mulching.

  • Harvest thinnings from new plantings of lettuce, onion, and chard.

  • Make sure raised beds receive enough water for plants to avoid drought stress.

Gardening Tips

When to pick and how to ripen pears to perfection
A freshly picked pear is probably not ready to eat.
Scotch broom is beautiful, but noxious
Scotch broom is noxious in Pacific Northwest
Over tilling can compact soil
Garden soil can be over tilled.
Extend vegetable growing with succession planting
Vegetables can be grown into the fall and winter
Winter cover crops build garden soils
Winter cover crops build organic matter

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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