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 December

  • Protect new landscape plants from wind. Use stakes, guy wires and/or windbreaks as needed.

  • Avoid mounding mulching materials around the bases of trees and shrubs. The mulch might provide cover for rodents.

  • Western Oregon: Make sure that landscape plants in protected sites receive water regularly during the winter.

Gardening Tips

Vegetable scraps make good compost. (Photo by Chris LaBelle)
Three solutions to common compost problems
As you recycle autumn leaves into compost this fall, consider the science that transforms waste into "black gold" for your soil.
Carla Albright's garden. (Photo by Carla Albright)
Coastal gardening brings challenges and rewards
Gardening on the often-extreme Oregon coast might seem intimidating and risky. But Carla Albright, a Master Gardener trained by the Oregon State University Extension Service who lives just north of Tillamook, wants to reassure you that it is possible to grow a wonderful garden — even if you live next door to the wild Pacific.
Herbs grow in a container. (Photo by Weston Miller)
Start an herb garden on your kitchen windowsill this fall
It's a good time of year from early August through mid-October to plant perennial herbs in containers, Miller said. Any type of well-drained container and regular potting soil will do.
Daffodils bloom in early spring. (Photo by Betsy Hartley)
Six attractive plants to brighten winter days in western Oregon
Fall is a good time to plant shrubs and trees that will cheer up western Oregon's often gloomy winter days.
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.

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'd like to mix more sand into my soil to help break up the clay. If I collect sand from an ocean beach, should I be worried about too much salt in the sand and it impacting my soil? If I were to use the beach sand for another project like a base for setting paving stones, would I be introducing a large amount of sodium?
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