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. 

Things to do in December

  • Western Oregon: Do not walk on lawns until frost has melted.

  • Turn the compost pile and protect from heavy rains, if necessary.

  • Monitor houseplants for adequate water and fertilizer. Water and fertilizer requirements generally are less in winter.

Gardening Tips

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Natural enemies show up to feed on invasive ash whitefly
Wasp and lady beetle may control invasive insect in next one to two years
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Get the scoop on storing squash and pumpkins
Avoid wating until the first frost to harvest
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Draw the line against deer
Put up a fence, use repellents and choose deer-resistant plants
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Establish a lush lawn by renovating or planting in early fall
Choose the best grass seed for area and situation
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Sunflowers burst onto scene with new personalities
The iconoic flowers come in new colors and textures

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 found this growing in my garden and I'm not sure what it is. My girlfriend said it looks Sinister! Can you tell me what this is? My best guess is maybe something to do with dill because I had some dill plants there, but they kind of look like mushrooms or alien eggs. There were also some zucchini plants there.

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