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 March

  • Monitor landscape plants for problems. Don't treat unless a problem is identified.

  • Western Oregon: Prune spring-flowering shrubs after blossoms fade.

  • Prune gooseberries and currants; fertilize with manure or a complete fertilizer.

Gardening Tips

garter snake
Snakes slither through the garden eating slugs, grubs and other pests
Create habitat to attract benefiical snakes to the yard
cloche
OSU expert recommends waiting to plant vegetable garden
A few days of sunny weather isn't enough to warm the soil
mulch
Be prepared in the garden in case of a cold snap
Though it looks like spring has come early, weather is never a sure thing
Weston Miller
OSU Extension gardening expert hosts new call-in radio show
Weston Miller feeds public's hunger for knowledge on radio, TV and magazine
houseplant
Think location when choosing houseplants to fend off problems down the road
Cut down on pests, by checking indoor plants for insects when you buy them

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 top (grafted part) of our dwarf cherry tree died. We have other cherry trees and would like to graft a new top on it. What is the best type of graft to make?

Upcoming Events

Mar. 07, 2015 9:00am - 12:00pm
This is a morning full of short classes on essential gardening information taught by Oregon …
Mar. 07, 2015 10:00am - 2:00pm
Annual TREE SEEDLING SALE happens on Saturday, March 7th, at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds (4-H …
Mar. 10, 2015 7:00pm - 9:00pm
This program at the Multnomah County Master Gardener chapter meeting will feature Gail Langellotto from …
Mar. 11, 2015 9:30am - 11:30am
What We'll Cover: How and when to get started, costs, city requirements Learn the importance …
Mar. 12, 2015 10:00am - 12:00pm
TURNING DIRT INTO SOIL, with Claudette, Sally R., & Sonja, at Newport Public Library Conference …
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