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 December

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

  • Western Oregon: Make sure that landscape plants in protected sites receive water regularly during the winter.

  • Protect new landscape plants from wind. Use stakes, guy wires and/or windbreaks as needed.

Gardening Tips

garden journal
Extension experts offer gift ideas for gardeners
Take the agnst out of the holidays with gifts to fit your budget
Christmas tree
Step out of the box and choose an unusual conifer for a live Christmas tree
Potted plants can come in year after year to be decorated for the holidays
Fireplace
Choose dry, well-seasoned wood for the best fires
For most people fires are more about enjoyment than saving money
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Use prevention methods to fight fruit tree diseases
Don't wait until spring to combat problems
Brown marmorated stink bug
Brown marmorated stink bugs head indoors for winter
Gardens get more damage as number of insects grows

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?
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