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

  • Western Oregon: Gather branches of quince, forsythia, and flowering cherries and bring indoors to force an early bloom.

  • Protect sensitive plants such as weeping figs from cold drafts in the house.

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

Gardening Tips

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5 worthy trees for small gardens
Trees under 30 feet are the best candidates for small spaces
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What’s with all these flowering plants? OSU experts weigh in
Warm October, rainy November keeps plants blooming
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Got a gardening question? Ask an Expert
Q&A service helps thousands each year
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Tips to keep chickens in a laying mood
Giving them the correct feed is essential to proper egg production
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Poor soil? Build up with raised beds
Framed or mounded, raised beds give plant roots the space they need

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

My cactus is seven feet tall. I've had it for about 20 years. There is more brown color at the base and up two of the stalks but it continues to make new baby leaves all over. It is in a pot that is 8 inches across. I'm concerned that it might need to be repotted but there is no way I can lift it. Also I wonder if it's too dry or too wet? It sits by the window that faces south and a large picture window on the front wall faces east. Please advise.

Upcoming Events

Jan. 23, 2017 (all day)
The online Master Gardener course is being revised, and will relaunch in January of 2017.  …
Jan. 25, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Professor emeritus, Ross Penhallegon has more than 50 years of orchard management experience—come learn from …
Feb. 02, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Feb. 06, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Benton County Master Gardener board meeting
Feb. 11, 2017 (all day)
What: Insights into Gardening is a day-long seminar hosted by Benton County Master Gardeners.  Whether …
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