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, spray for walnut husk fly.

  • Western Valleys, Portland, Roseburg, Medford: Plant cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, spinach, turnips, and parsnips.

  • Camellias need deep watering to develop flower buds for next spring.

Gardening Tips

Azalea lace bug (Photo by Robin Rosetta)
Be on the lookout for azalea-damaging pest this spring
Gardeners and nurseries should be on the lookout this spring for a relatively new pest in Oregon that damages azaleas and rhododendrons, according to experts with the Oregon State University Extension Service.
Rose. (Photo by Lynn Ketchum)
Choose disease-resistant roses for your yard
Roses have such fanciful names and alluring colors, so how do you choose which ones to plant?
Lettuce (Photo by OSU's EESC)
Get a head start gardening in western Oregon with cool-season crops
Cool-season plants can be directly seeded into the ground in March in the Willamette Valley and southern Oregon.
Japanese Heritage Garden. (Photo by Elizabeth Daniel)
Japanese garden in Hood River offers ideas for your own yard
Tucked away in a corner of a public garden in Hood River, the Japanese Heritage Garden offers an unexpected place of quiet reflection.
Mole mounds in the grass. (Photo by Flickr:Dodo-Bird)
For mole control, go underground
By understanding moles, you can better control them or, who knows, you might even start to like them.

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. 07, 2014 6:30pm - 8:30pm
 This class will cover the (a) encouragement and identification of native pollinators in gardens, and …
Aug. 19, 2014 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Learn how to grow medicianal and edible herbs in the home garden with Master Gardener …
Aug. 21, 2014 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Learn about the wide variety of options to extend the vegetable growing season in fall …
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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