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. 

Things to do in December

  • Western Oregon: Do not walk on lawns until frost has melted.

  • Western Oregon: Make sure that landscape plants in protected sites receive water regularly during the winter.

  • Monitor spruce trees for spruce aphids. Treat if present in large numbers. Read and follow pesticide label directions.

Gardening Tips

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Blanket vegetable beds with cover crops over winter
Multi-purpose plants add nutrients, suppress weeds and much more
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Red worms eat their way through kitchen waste to produce rich soil amendment
Keeping a worm farm is an easy project
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Don’t be fooled, figs grow fine in western Oregon
Drought-tolerant plants need yearly pruning
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Butterflies need room and board to stick around in the garden
Food for both adults and caterpillars are necessary for effective habitat
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Birds welcome variety that comes with backyard feeders
Avoid food that comes with unnecessary fillers

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

The straw mulch I used at the end of summer to suppress the weeds doesn't seem to be working. Should I till it and cover with plastic? black or clear? Is there something better. Or should I add more straw. I could probably bring some cardboard home from work. Is this a healthy option?

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