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 July

  • Check leafy vegetables for caterpillars. Pick off caterpillars as they appear. Use Bt-k, if necessary.

  • Hanging baskets of flowers or vegetable plantings need careful attention to watering and feeding during extended periods of hot weather.

  • Mound soil up around base of potatoes. Gather and eat a few "new" potatoes from each hill, when plants begin to flower.

Gardening Tips

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Questions and answers on pest management from OSU experts
What to do about garden pests, including insects, plant diseases and weeds, can be a challenge for gardeners who want to effectively manage the pests without damage to the environment and human health.
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Lengthen growing season by building a coldframe or cloche
Construction materials can include fiberglass, wood, wire, plastic and PVC hoops.
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Timing can be important when watering vegetables
Avoid watering in the late afternoon so that the foliage is dry going into the night.
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Early summer is prime time for planting fall, winter gardens
Early to mid-summer is the time to plant seeds for a fall and winter garden.
Corn. (Photo by Lynn Ketchum)
Aim for the horticultural grand prize at county fair
Could your spotless peppers or flawless flowers have what it takes to claim the blue ribbon at your county fair this summer?

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 have sweet corn, and the tassels are out, and I see silk down below. So, do I really need to pollinate sweet corn by hand, or should it just be "given its privacy"?
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