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 April

  • Central/Eastern Oregon: If snow mold was a problem, scratch surface. If turf damage is severe, seed with Kentucky bluegrass.

  • Apply commercial fertilizers, manure, or compost to cane, bush (gooseberries, currants, and blueberries), and trailing berries.

  • Cut and remove weeds near the garden to remove potential sources of plant disease.

Gardening Tips

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Put clippers to good use pruning shrubs correctly
Face your fears when it comes to cutting on plants
gardening publication
OSU Extension catalog has gardeners covered
Publications cover wide range of gardening topics
fertilizer
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
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OSU expert recommends waiting to plant vegetable garden
A few days of sunny weather isn't enough to warm the soil

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 live in DT Corvallis. Want to convert about 1,400 SF lawn into garden. Currently digging up soil to get rid of as many weeds and grass roots as feasible. Soils turns rock hard in summer. Should I mix in compost? If so, how much? Should I cover with fabric? If so, what type. Also, a lot of my lawn would be shaded at least part of the day. What would be the best veggies/herbs to plant?

Upcoming Events

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 …
Apr. 13, 2015 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Chip Bubl, Extension Agent with OSU, will  cover identification and management of some of the more …
Apr. 14, 2015 9:30am - 11:30am
What We'll Cover: Learn life cycle, nesting habitats and management of mason bees     …
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