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

  • Prune ornamentals for air circulation and to help prevent fungus diseases.

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

  • Western Oregon: Monitor for European crane fly and treat lawns if damage has been verified.

Gardening Tips

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Put clippers to good use pruning shrubs correctly
Face your fears when it comes to cutting on plants
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Baby boomers dance and cook their way to health in new OSU program
Nourishing Boomers and Beyond course teaches healthy lessons
gardening publication
OSU Extension catalog has gardeners covered
Publications cover wide range of gardening topics
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Here's the scoop on chemical and organic fertilizers
Use these tips on how to apply organic amendments
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Snakes slither through the garden eating slugs, grubs and other pests
Create habitat to attract benefiical snakes to the yard

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

I work at a greenhouse and am trying to open bilingual communications. At the moment we have many informal words for things like "callus" and "crown" to describe our tissue culture plants but would love to know the actual terms for them (and other plant parts) in Spanish so we can educate everyone equally. Do you know of a good Spanish resource with technical plant terms, maybe a college or university text we can create a dictionary from?    

Upcoming Events

Mar. 28, 2015 10:00am - 3:30pm
Are you ready to take your vegetable gardening to the next level?  Learn important concepts …
Mar. 31, 2015 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Learn about the newest in vegetable vaieties with OSU Vegetable Breed Professor Jim Myers. Pre-registration …
Apr. 07, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
What We'll Cover: Container Gardening for Vegetables and Herbs Tour garden and see the container …
Apr. 09, 2015 10:00am - 12:00pm
ORNAMENTALS & NATIVES FOR THE COAST, with Nate (from Blake's Nursery), at Oregon Coast Community …
Apr. 11, 2015 10:00am - 12:00pm
For beginning to experienced composters, these hands-on workshops will cover the basics of how composting …
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