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 January

  • Western Oregon: Water landscape plants underneath wide eaves and in other sites shielded from rain.

  • Monitor houseplants for correct water and fertilizer; guard against insect infestations; clean dust from leaves.

  • Keep a garden journal. Consult your journal in the winter, so you can better plan for the growing season.

Gardening Tips

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Brewing beer? Go a step further and grow your own hops
Don't forget the trellis when you plant beer's necessary ingredient
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Top 10 gardening stories of 2017 from OSU Extension
Our list includes topics from moss to bees
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6 winter-blooming plants brighten gardens in dark days
Right when you need it, these stunners break into bloom
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Control moss in the lawn by keeping grass healthy
Moss will thrive if given the opportunity
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8 tips to gear up garden for cold weather
The freezes are coming eventually so it's best to be prepared

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

Can fireplace ash be used in the garden successfully or is it harmful to the soil?

Upcoming Events

Feb. 01, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Feb. 10, 2018 8:00am - 4:00pm
Insights Into Gardening is a day-long seminar hosted by Benton County Master Gardeners.  Whether you …
Mar. 01, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Apr. 05, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
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