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 October

  • Place hanging pots of fuchsias where they won't freeze. Don't cut back until spring.

  • Place mulch over roots of roses, azaleas, rhododendrons and berries for winter protection.

  • Clean and paint greenhouses and cold frames for plant storage and winter growth.

Gardening Tips

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Gardens key to supporting pollinators
Cities are not the biological deserts once thought
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Push poinsettias back into living color in time for the holidays
The traditional Christmas plants need a long period of darkness every day
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Conifers naturally shed needles in summer and fall
You're not looking at the same needles over time
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Natural enemies show up to feed on invasive ash whitefly
Wasp and lady beetle may control invasive insect in next one to two years
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Get the scoop on storing squash and pumpkins
Avoid wating until the first frost to harvest

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

When weeding, I twist the weed to the right, to remove the root. Knowing that the northern hemisphere has a different 'spin' from the southern, am I doing it correctly?

Upcoming Events

Oct. 28, 2017 10:00am - 12:00pm
Learn how to harvest, clean and store your Mason Bee cocoons. Bring your mason bee …
Nov. 02, 2017 10:00am - 12:00pm
Learn how to harvest, clean and store your Mason Bee cocoons. Bring your mason bee …
Nov. 02, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Nov. 06, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Benton County Master Gardener board meeting
Nov. 14, 2017 9:00am - 6:00pm
Largest Agriculture Expo in the Pacifici NW!  Over 175 exhibitors featuring over 140,000 square feet …
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