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

  • Harvest and immediately dry filberts and walnuts; dry at 95 degrees to 100 degrees Farenheit.

  • Trim or stake bushy herbaceous perennials to prevent wind damage.

  • Central/Eastern Oregon: Prune evergreens.

Gardening Tips

Lighting important in photographing nature
Lighting is important in photographing plants in the garden and nature.
Early fall color in deciduous trees may indicate trouble
Deciduous trees that show yellow, red or purple leaves in the early fall may be a symptom of stress
Late summer is a great time to plant more cilantro
Late summer is a great time to plant cilantro.
Autumn mulching will protect soil and prevent spring weed infestations
Discourage uninvited animal guests from making themselves too cozy.
Tired of bolting spinach? Plant while soil is cool.
Plant spinach when soil is cool, then other heat-tolerant greens in the summer.

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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