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

  • First week: If necessary, second spray of filbert trees for filbertworm.

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

  • Optimal time for establishing a new lawn is August through mid-September.

Gardening Tips

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.
How to manage pests without chemicals
Manage pests without chemicals

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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