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

  • Southwest Oregon: Place pheromone traps in apple or pear trees in late April to monitor codling moth activity.

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

  • Cover transplants to protect against late spring frosts.

Gardening Tips

cloche
OSU expert recommends waiting to plant vegetable garden
A few days of sunny weather isn't enough to warm the soil
mulch
Be prepared in the garden in case of a cold snap
Though it looks like spring has come early, weather is never a sure thing
Weston Miller
OSU Extension gardening expert hosts new call-in radio show
Weston Miller feeds public's hunger for knowledge on radio, TV and magazine
houseplant
Think location when choosing houseplants to fend off problems down the road
Cut down on pests, by checking indoor plants for insects when you buy them
black-eyed susan
Don’t pass up perennials when starting seeds in spring
They may take a little longer to get going, but these plants bloom for many years

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

Given the recent news on emissions of heavy metals in Portland, I'm looking for information on which vegetables take up these pollutants from the soil. What else should I be concerned about?

Upcoming Events

Apr. 30, 2016 8:30am - 1:00pm
Corvallis Evening Garden Club's annual plant sale featuring over 2000 plants, primarily ornamental perennials, for …
Apr. 30, 2016 9:00am - 3:00pm
Annual Plant Sale and Fair presented by the Yamhill County Master Gardener Assn.. Thousands of …
Apr. 30, 2016 9:00am - 3:00pm
Plant Sale: vegetable starts, trees, shrubs, roses, native plants, perennials, herbs, berries and hops Silent …
May. 06, 2016 9:00am - 4:00pm
More Space, All Favorites, New, Rare & Unusual Plants Featured at Polk County Master Gardener's …
May. 07, 2016 (all day)
The Curry County Master Gardeners will be having their annual plant sale on Saturday, May …
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