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

  • First week: If necessary, second spray for peach tree borer and/or peach twig borer.

  • Clean and fertilize strawberry beds.

  • Western Oregon: Prune out dead fruiting canes in trailing blackberry and train new primocanes prior to end of month

Gardening Tips

The hand method of soil texture analysis. (Photo by Lynn Ketchum)
Know your soil before you plant
If you want to grow better plants, you first need to understand the texture of your soil.
Pear scab can attack pear trees. (Photo by Lynn Ketchum)
April showers could bring fungus to fruit trees
As the blossoms fade in your apple and pear trees this spring, keep an eye out for a fungus that flourishes in warm, wet weather, cautions the Oregon State University Extension Service.
"Charm," a new June-bearing strawberry. (Photo by Chad Finn)
Plant strawberries and boost your health
From strawberry jam to fruit salad, nothing says summer quite like the succulent strawberry.
Transform goldfish waste into garden food. (Photo by Lynn Ketchum)
Transform fish waste into food for an aquaponics garden
Skip the soil and try growing vegetables in an aquaponics system that turns fish waste into fertilizer for your plants.
Hops grow at OSU. (Photo by Lynn Ketchum)
Watch for fungus on your hops this spring
If you're growing hops to brew your own beer, you may notice silvery or pale green, brittle spikes rising from the crown of the plant or brown spots on the leaves this spring.

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

Why are some of our cucumbers bitter? We have to peel quite a bit off to get to the sweet meat and even after doing that they are still sometimes bitter.
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