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 August

  • Check leafy vegetables for caterpillars. Pick off caterpillars as they appear. Use Bt-k, if necessary.

  • Prune cherry trees before fall rains begin to allow callusing in dry weather. This will minimize the spread of bacterial canker.

  • Willamette Valley: Corn may need protection from earworm. Spray new silks with appropriate pesticides if necessary.

Gardening Tips

Gymnosporangium libocedri (Photo by Jay Pscheidt)
Watch out for rust that can jump from incense cedars to fruit trees
Are globs of bright orange goo attacking both your incense cedar and pear trees? You could be dealing with a potentially devastating fungus known as Pacific coast pear rust.
Sunflower (Photo by Lynn Ketchum)
Easy ways to conserve water in the garden during a dry year
In a dry year, use water wisely, the Oregon State University Extension Service advises.
Cistaceae family (Photo by Linda McMahan)
Ten easy flowering shrubs that flourish with little water
Flowering shrubs can add beauty to your landscape. Choosing the right shrubs can help save money on your water bill, too.
A blue orchard mason bee on meadowfoam flower. (Photo by George Hoffman)
Add the buzz of mason bees to your garden
Concerned about the decline of honeybees, one of the hardest-working food crop pollinators? Don't overlook the importance of a native pollinator of your fruit trees – the blue orchard mason bee.
PNW Insect Management Handbook (Photo by OSU)
New website available for PNW Extension guide on managing insect pests
The latest research-based guidelines for managing insect pests, plant diseases and weeds in the Pacific Northwest are available through three newly updated, comprehensive guides.

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

Will my EarthMachine composter work better if it's placed in a sunny part of my yard? Or is a shady place just as good? My friend claims food scraps compost faster when they are warmed up by sunlight (meaning the bacteria would be more active if warmer).

Upcoming Events

Aug. 22, 2014 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Learn from a Master Gardener about ADAPTIVE GARDENING.  This event will be held at Oceanview …
Aug. 23, 2014 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Master Gardener DEMONSTRATION GARDEN at Yaquina Bay Lighthouse Garden in Newport.  Tour this coastal edible …
Aug. 24, 2014 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Master Gardeners will be on hand for a COMPOST DEMONSTRATION as well as a FOOD …
Oct. 11, 2014 (all day)
"Go Garden"... Saturday, October 11 from 9AM-2:30PM, two Master Gardeners, Mary Jacobs and Jordan Dawn, …
Oct. 22, 2014 9:00am - Oct. 23, 2014 5:00pm
Lear practical information to create sustainable/green/ecological landscapes. Participants will learn to utilize landscape practices that …
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