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 July

  • July 17-23: Third spray for codling moth in apple and pear trees, as necessary.

  • Cover blueberry bushes with netting to keep birds from eating the entire crop.

  • Mulch to conserve soil moisture with paper, plastic, sawdust, etc.

Gardening Tips

coneflower
Divide and conquer plants to keep them healthy and productive
Dig up and cut apart plants when they start to show less vigor
mole damage
Moles, voles and gophers dig the garden
Spring brings hungry animals to the surface
blueberry
With a little care, blueberries sweeten the garden for decades
Certain varieties grow best in the Pacific Northwest
Oregon grape
Efficient mason bees pollinate plants before honey bees get busy
Attract mason bees to the garden to pollinate early bloomers
azalea
Put clippers to good use pruning shrubs correctly
Face your fears when it comes to cutting on plants

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

Is this true or is it a myth? Male peppers have 3 bumps and female peppers have 4 bumps. Female peppers are full of seeds but are sweeter and better for eating raw. Males are better for cooking?

Upcoming Events

Jul. 24, 2015 6:00pm - 9:00pm
The Food Innovation Center invites you to join us for the first ever Pop-Up dinner. Come celebrate Oregon’s summer …
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