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 October

  • Remove and dispose of windfall apples that might be harboring apple maggot or codling moth larvae.

  • Clean and paint greenhouses and cold frames for plant storage and winter growth.

  • Place mulch over roots of roses, azaleas, rhododendrons and berries for winter protection.

Gardening Tips

Fescue grass seed field. (Photo by Lynn Ketchum)
Pick a low-maintenance grass lawn this September
Lawn looking lackluster? Mid-August to early October is a sweet spot in the calendar year to sow fresh grass seed or replace an existing lawn throughout the state, according to Alec Kowalewski, turfgrass specialist for the Oregon State University Extension Service.
Purple cold-hardy vegetables. (Photo by Jim Myers)
These cold-hardy vegetables may stick it out through winter
The fearless gardener still has a chance to plant some cold-hardy vegetables to harvest next spring, said Jim Myers, plant breeder and researcher at Oregon State University. But don't dawdle.
Slug. (Photo by Robin Rosetta)
Make your garden less inviting to slugs
Stymied by slugs that can plod through your chard and cabbage, leaving a slimy trail of destruction? Put away that salt shaker, advises Robin Rosetta, an entomologist for the Oregon State University Extension Service. Table salt can build up in the soil over time and damage plants.
Hori-hori knife. (Photo by Weston Miller)
Practical tools for the vegetable gardener
Many gardeners rely on a few "go-to" tools that make digging, planting and weeding easier in the vegetable garden. But how do you decide from the bounty of options available in the hardware store?
Trap for spotted wing Drosophila. (Photo by Amy Dreves.)
Keep an eye out for spotted wing drosophila in your yard
As backyard fruit ripens, it's time for gardeners to trap spotted wing drosophila. A new, easy-to-make trap design, based on recent research, will help gardeners monitor the invasive vinegar fly's presence in their backyards.

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

What is the best way to harvest and store rutabaga? Is it better to leave them until after the first light (like around 25-32 degrees F) frost?

Upcoming Events

Oct. 11, 2014 (all day)
"Go Garden"... Saturday, October 11 from 9AM-2:30PM, two Master Gardeners, Mary Jacobs and Jordan Dawn, …
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Dec. 10, 2014 9:00am - Dec. 11, 2014 5:00pm
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