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. 

Things to do in December

  • Western Oregon: Good time of year to plant trees, and landscape shrubs.

  • Turn the compost pile and protect from heavy rains, if necessary.

  • Yard sanitation: rake leaves, cut and remove withered stalks of perennial flowers, mulch flowerbeds, and hoe or pull winter weeds.

Gardening Tips

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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
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Snip some stems and have new plants in spring
Taking cuttings to expand your plant collection is not as hard as you might think
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Gardens key to supporting pollinators
Cities are not the biological deserts once thought
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Push poinsettias back into living color in time for the holidays
The traditional Christmas plants need a long period of darkness every day

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 found this growing in my garden and I'm not sure what it is. My girlfriend said it looks Sinister! Can you tell me what this is? My best guess is maybe something to do with dill because I had some dill plants there, but they kind of look like mushrooms or alien eggs. There were also some zucchini plants there.

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