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

  • First week: Spray cherry trees for cherry fruit fly, as necessary, if fruit is ripening.

  • Prune lilacs, forsythia, rhododendrons, and azaleas after blooming.

  • 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.

Gardening Tips

Plant veggie starts early to prevent bolting
Don’t put off planting those starts in June, or bolting may occur.
Bring pollinators to your garden
Native pollinators prefer plants with certain colors and shape.
Choosing a garden space is important
Gardens need to be well placed.
Soil quality test available for gardeners and farmers in the Willamette Valley
Gardeners and farmers can do their own soil analysis.
Repair storm-damaged trees and shrubs promptly
OSU Extension horticulturists give hints on to make repairs on woody trees and shrubs, damaged by winter storms.

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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