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

  • Construct trellises for tomatoes, cucumbers, pole beans, and vining ornamentals.

  • 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.

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

Gardening Tips

Spring bulbs provide indoor winter color
Forcing spring bulbs requires planning to get blooms in the winter.
A more tolerant approach to moss, lichen and algae
Modern approach to managing lichen, moss and algae is more tolerant than traditional.
Safety important when preserving homemade salsa
Homemade salsa needs to be canned properly to prevent botulism, a severe type of food-borne illness.
Gift plant care through the winter
Sometimes people give landscape plants as holiday gifts. When is the right time to plant that new shrub or tree?
These houseplants flower all year and make great gifts
Extension horticulturist Ross Penhallegon suggests flowering houseplants.

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 …
Jul. 13, 2017 - Jul. 15, 2017 (all day)
Summer is almost here!  We hope your plans include joining us for the 25th National …
Aug. 03, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
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