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 June

  • Make sure raised beds receive enough water for plants to avoid drought stress.

  • Control garden weeds by pulling, hoeing, or mulching.

  • Control aphids on vegetables as needed by hosing off with water or by using insecticidal soap or a registered insecticide.

Gardening Tips

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
coneflower
Divide and conquer plants to keep them healthy and productive
Dig up and cut apart plants when they start to show less vigor

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

Periodically when I go to add scraps to my outdoor compost bin, I notice that there are worms gathered around the outer edge of my bin, under the lid. There are others in various areas on the inner rim of both the bin and the lid, and I can't tell if they are trying to get away or if they are headed inside. I was just wondering if there was a specific reason why the worms do this and if it is because they don't like the conditions, if there is something I can do to help prevent their leaving?
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