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 December

  • Western Oregon: Do not walk on lawns until frost has melted.

  • Turn the compost pile and protect from heavy rains, if necessary.

  • Western Oregon: Make sure that landscape plants in protected sites receive water regularly during the winter.

Gardening Tips

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Use seed packets as miniature reference guides
Envelopes contain a wealth of information
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Don’t be timid when pruning grapes
Most gardeners don't cut back the vine nearly enough
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These 8 winter-blooming plants give bees needed nourishment
When polinators need it the most, gardeners can step in to help
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Gear up for the new year with 10 ways to garden on a budget
Changes -- big or small -- help save money
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Top 10 gardening stories for 2016 from OSU Extension
Slugs, deer, kids, pruning and edibles top the list

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

The straw mulch I used at the end of summer to suppress the weeds doesn't seem to be working. Should I till it and cover with plastic? black or clear? Is there something better. Or should I add more straw. I could probably bring some cardboard home from work. Is this a healthy option?

Upcoming Events

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
Feb. 05, 2018 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Benton County Master Gardener board meeting
Mar. 01, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
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