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 October

  • Rake and destroy diseased leaves (apple, cherry, rose, etc.), or hot compost diseased leaves.

  • Harvest and immediately dry filberts and walnuts; dry at 95 degrees to 100 degrees Farenheit.

  • Clean, sharpen and oil tools and equipment before storing for winter.

Gardening Tips

tomato on vine
6 common woes of tomatoes
OSU Extension horticulturist Brooke Edmunds troubleshoots common problems that afflict tomatoes.
Mother Nature may need help to pollinate squash and cucumbers
Heat-loving squash and cucumber plants will take advantage of hot weather to blossom and set fruit. Successful pollination depends on insect pollinators, such as honeybees and native bees, as well as timing and location.
Keep it growing – plant fall and winter vegetables in July
In mild parts of western Oregon and along most of the coast, it is possible to grow a succession of garden vegetables throughout most of the year. Gardeners can extend the season well into fall in many parts of the Pacific Northwest with a little knowledge and protection of their plants from the elements.
Buckwheat makes a good summer cover crop for gardens
Need a summer cover crop to add nutrients to your garden's soil? Try planting buckwheat.
Mossy roof
Prevent water pollution when treating a mossy roof
Many people pay more attention than usual to their roofs in the summer and fall as trees overhang, leaves pile up and fall rains are just around the corner.

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

Hello. I had considered taking the MG program years ago but was told you folks advocate the use of Miracle Gro and other synthetic chemicals. I'm wondering whether or not this is true? Unless the MG practice is one of a strictly organic approach, I won't bother; but if the rumor is false, and you folks are recommending no chemicals, I'd love to sign up.
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