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 January

  • Reapply or redistribute mulch that has blown or washed away during winter.

  • Take hardwood cuttings of deciduous ornamental shrubs and trees for propagation.

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

Gardening Tips

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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
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Don’t pass up perennials when starting seeds in spring
They may take a little longer to get going, but these plants bloom for many years
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Learn correct pruning for fruit trees at OSU Extension workshops
Dwarf trees easier and faster to prune
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Winter flowers make a heady statement in the garden
Plant blooming shrubs to cheer up the chilly season
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Keep backyard chickens away from waterfowl to protect against avian flu
Learn how to successfully raise chickens before buying chicks

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'd like to mix more sand into my soil to help break up the clay. If I collect sand from an ocean beach, should I be worried about too much salt in the sand and it impacting my soil? If I were to use the beach sand for another project like a base for setting paving stones, would I be introducing a large amount of sodium?

Upcoming Events

Feb. 07, 2015 8:00am - 5:00pm
Insights Into Gardening is a day-long seminar offering practical, hands-on learning for home gardeners and …
Mar. 14, 2015 8:15am - 4:00pm
Spring into Gardening Educational Seminars.  8 topics to choose from.  A buffet lunch is included …
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