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. Watch a video about the OSU Master Gardener program in Newport, Oregon.

Things to do in May

  • Leafrolling worms may affect apples and blueberries. Prune off and destroy affected leaves.

  • Plant chrysanthemums for fall color.

  • Control slugs with bait or traps and by removing or mowing vegetation near garden plots.

Gardening Tips

Give houseplants TLC in winter
Now that winter is on the way, there's more time to pay attention to your houseplants.
Male hobo spider. Photo courtesy National Park Service.
Hobo spiders search for mates in the fall
Hobo spiders come indoors in the fall.
Hints for storing home grown spuds
How to harvest and store your potatoes to make them last longer.
How to minimize winter cold damage to lawns
Lawns can take a beating in the winter both east and west of the Oregon Cascades, and strategies to minimize cold damage vary in each region.
How to help robins through the winter in your yard and garden
The robin has declined in Oregon over the past few decades, at a rate of about 1.5 percent per year. Here are some hints on how to help these underappreciated birds through the winter.

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

I have been using slug pellets to control the slug and snail population in the yard with great success. Now the crows are eating every bit of it. The moment I put it out and go inside the crows are in the yard eating it up. Have not found a sick or dead crow in the area. Any suggestions?

Upcoming Events

Jun. 01, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Jun. 03, 2017 (all day)
The fifth annual National Get Outdoors Day event will be held on Saturday June 3rd, …
Jun. 05, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Benton County Master Gardener board meeting
Jun. 07, 2017 5:00pm - Jun. 09, 2017 5:00pm
RECEPTION JUNE 7, 5-6 PM OPEN VIEWING JUNE 8-9, 3-5 PM 
Jul. 03, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Benton County Master Gardener board meeting
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