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 April

  • Help prevent damping off of seedlings by providing adequate ventilation.

  • Write in your garden journal throughout the growing season.

  • Place compost or well decomposed manure around perennial vegetables, such as asparagus and rhubarb.

Gardening Tips

Hops grow at OSU's hop yard in Corvallis. (Photo by Lynn Ketchum)
Brew your own beer? Why not grow your own hops, too?
With craft beer and home brewing becoming more popular, interest is fermenting among gardeners in backyard hops.
A Phragmipedium Red Sky orchid. (Photo by Judie Rickus)
Jazz up your windowsill with spectacular orchids
Do Oregon's short, dark winter days have you dreaming of the sunshine of exotic lands? Jazz up your windowsill with glamorous orchids.
A trench drain in Portland. (Photo by Derek Godwin)
Winter days are perfect for planning a rain garden
Oregon's winters are a good time to observe how water flows on your property so you can later create a rain garden.
Bushtits are frequent visitors to this suet feeder. (Photo by OSU's EESC.)
Don't let disease foul your bird feeder
As you're welcoming wild birds into your yard this winter, be sure to keep your bird feeder clean and keep an eye on the health of your feathered diners.
Poinsettias (Photo by Hannah O'Leary)
Pointers on setting poinsettias outside
But should you put poinsettias in the ground after the holidays?

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

For the last 8-10 yrs I've been good about pruning my climbing rosebush and its has thrived. This year I didn't get to it in February, as I usually do, now it's April and not looking great. Will it harm the bush if I do my usual pruning in April?

Upcoming Events

Apr. 19, 2014 8:30am - 3:00pm
Master Gardener volunteers will be available to pot newly purchased plants into containers that you …
Apr. 22, 2014 3:30pm - 8:00pm
It's spring! Come out and touch fertile ground. Reconnect with the good Earth that brings …
Apr. 26, 2014 9:00am - 3:00pm
  http://extension.oregonstate.edu/yamhill/yamhill-county-master-gardeners-annual-spring-plant-sale
May. 01, 2014 9:00am - 4:00pm
The Master Food Preserver program trains and certifies volunteers in food safety, food preservation, and …
May. 02, 2014 4:00pm - May. 04, 2014 4:00pm
This year we will have an amazing selection of perennials, annuals, fuchsias, hanging baskets, vegetables, …
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