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 August

  • Western Valleys, Portland, Roseburg, Medford: Plant cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, spinach, turnips, and parsnips.

  • For mite control on ornamentals and most vegetables, hose off foliage, spray with approved miticide if necessary.

  • Fertilize cucumbers, summer squash, and broccoli to maintain production while you continue harvesting.

Gardening Tips

Plant strawberries in early spring
Early spring is the time to plant strawberries.
Invasive grass called false brome, threatens Oregon native plant diversity
Oregon is the first state to list invasive non-native grass called false brome as a noxious weed.
Make food preservation a part of garden planning
Consider quantity of produce when planning a vegetable garden.
Create vegetable beds with 'lasagna' mulching
"Lasagna" composting is an easy method to start vegetable gardens.
Plant veggie starts early to prevent bolting
Don’t put off planting those starts in June, or bolting may occur.

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

We have a large infestation of flea beetles, centralized in our garden. There are millions of the beetles. We put 1000 ladybugs out last night. The garden is approximately 60x100 ft. Do we need more lady bugs or is there another approach to kill these beetles?

Upcoming Events

Sep. 07, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Sep. 11, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Benton County Master Gardener board meeting
Oct. 02, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Benton County Master Gardener board meeting
Oct. 05, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Nov. 02, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
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