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 May

  • Trap moles and gophers as new mounds appear.

  • Prepare and prime irrigation system for summer.

  • Control slugs with bait or traps and by removing or mowing vegetation near garden plots.

Gardening Tips

Doug-fir
Drought hits Douglas-fir trees hard
Diseases and pests take advantage of trees' weakened condition
rose rust
Easy ways to fight the ‘big four’ foes of roses
Start with a disease-resistant plant and add a dash of prevention
fuchsia
Hanging baskets put the color in summer
Think about location when designing and caring for a hanging containers
Ceanothus
OSU trial shows Ceanothus blooms profusely with little care
Wild lilac is drought tolerant and needs no fertilizer
sweet potato
OSU Master Gardener goes sweet on potatoes
Growing sweet potatoes can thrive in Willamette Valley

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

Is the threat of frost past for planting in the Willamette Valley?

Upcoming Events

May. 30, 2015 (all day)
The third annual National Get Outdoors Day event will be held on Saturday May 30th, …
Jun. 06, 2015 10:00am - 3:30pm
Are you ready to take your vegetable gardening to the next level?  Learn important concepts …
Jun. 09, 2015 9:30am - 11:00am
What We'll Cover: Learn strategies and techniques so you may continue to garden without injury. …
Jun. 13, 2015 10:00am - 3:30pm
Fruit Tree Care - Summer Thinking of growing your own fruit trees at home? Already …
Jun. 25, 2015 10:00am - 11:30am
What We'll Cover: Most acclimated to our region Provide habitat Disease resistance Cleanse our water …
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