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 January

  • Western Oregon: Moss in lawn may mean too much shade or poor drainage. Modify site conditions if moss is bothersome.

  • Protect sensitive plants such as weeping figs from cold drafts in the house.

  • Place windbreaks to protect sensitive landscape evergreens against cold, drying winds.

Gardening Tips

How to help Oregon's native western gray squirrel
Here’s some advice from the OSU Extension Wildlife Stewardship Program about how to maintain and create habitat for declining populations of native western gray squirrels.
Going native in the garden is earth-friendly
Native plants help wildlife and protect natural resources.
OSU pub tells how to start woody evergreens from cuttings
Ambitious home gardeners might want to try to grow their own evergreen plants from cuttings, with the help of an Oregon State University Extension Service publication.
Look out for fruit tree pests in early summer
If you have any fruit trees, you should be on the lookout for the cherry fruit fly, apple maggot and the codling moth in early summer.
OSU guide helps with choosing woody landscape plants
The Oregon State University Extension Service offers a 60-page guide, "Plant Materials for Landscaping," to help home gardeners choose among the dizzying array of trees, shrubs and other woody plants available in nurseries.

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

Can fireplace ash be used in the garden successfully or is it harmful to the soil?

Upcoming Events

Jan. 22, 2018 (all day)
The Oregon State University Master Gardener™ Program is an Oregon State University (OSU) Extension Service …
Feb. 01, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Feb. 10, 2018 8:00am - 4:00pm
Insights Into Gardening is a day-long seminar hosted by Benton County Master Gardeners.  Whether you …
Mar. 01, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
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