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 November

  • Rake and compost leaves that are free of diseases and insects. Use mulches to prevent erosion and compaction from rain.

  • Western Oregon: Still time to plant spring-flowering bulbs, such as tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, crocuses. Don't delay.

  • Protect tender evergreens from drying wind.

Gardening Tips

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.
How to control apple scab
Wet weather in April and May builds potential for apple scab, a fungal disease of apples.
OSU offers pub for bug and disease problems in home orchards
Do your apples rot and drop from the tree before maturing?
Autumn is a good time to plant new trees and shrubs
Autumn can be a good time to plant a new tree. The OSU Extension Service offers a publication to help.
Invest in the future. Plant a tree.
In response to big events - happy or sad - some people plant a tree as a living memorial that will last for generations.

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

After pulling out plants from summer garden what procedure is necessary for prepping them for my compost pile. Also can I use stems and limbs in the pile. I do not have a shredder yet. Not sure I need to buy one.

Upcoming Events

Dec. 04, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Benton County Master Gardener board meeting
Dec. 07, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Jan. 01, 2018 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Benton County Master Gardener board meeting
Jan. 04, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Feb. 01, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
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