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 October

  • Propagate chrysanthemums, fuchsias, and geraniums by stem cuttings.

  • Western Oregon: Harvest squash and pumpkins; keep in dry area at 55 degrees to 60 degrees Farenheit.

  • Rake and destroy diseased leaves (apple, cherry, rose, etc.), or hot compost diseased leaves.

Gardening Tips

Male hobo spider. Photo courtesy National Park Service.
Hobo spiders search for mates in the fall
Hobo spiders come indoors in the fall.
Hints for storing home grown spuds
How to harvest and store your potatoes to make them last longer.
How to minimize winter cold damage to lawns
Lawns can take a beating in the winter both east and west of the Oregon Cascades, and strategies to minimize cold damage vary in each region.
How to help robins through the winter in your yard and garden
The robin has declined in Oregon over the past few decades, at a rate of about 1.5 percent per year. Here are some hints on how to help these underappreciated birds through the winter.
Mediterranean gardening has many benefits
Mediterranean gardening uses plants that are able to store the moisture they need in the winter and survive and even thrive through the summer without irrigation.

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

When weeding, I twist the weed to the right, to remove the root. Knowing that the northern hemisphere has a different 'spin' from the southern, am I doing it correctly?

Upcoming Events

Oct. 21, 2017 10:00am - 12:00pm
Learn how to harvest, clean and store your Mason Bee cocoons. Bring your mason bee …
Oct. 28, 2017 10:00am - 12:00pm
Learn how to harvest, clean and store your Mason Bee cocoons. Bring your mason bee …
Nov. 02, 2017 10:00am - 12:00pm
Learn how to harvest, clean and store your Mason Bee cocoons. Bring your mason bee …
Nov. 02, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Nov. 06, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Benton County Master Gardener board meeting
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