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 April

  • Plant gladioli, hardy transplants of alyssum, phlox, and marigolds, if weather and soil conditions permit.

  • Cover transplants to protect against late spring frosts.

  • Apply commercial fertilizers, manure, or compost to cane, bush (gooseberries, currants, and blueberries), and trailing berries.

Gardening Tips

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Grow fruit trees with confidence the low-input way
Get the healthiest fruit by starting with least-toxic methods
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Put rose pruning and planting on the calendar
Mid- to late February is the time to pay attention to one of our favorite flowers
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Get help selecting and planting a tree with the touch of a finger
OSU Extension offers new app with videos, photos and illustrations
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Set seeds on the right path with homemade soil mixture
Plant for spring vegetable garden by making seed-starting medium
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Soil tests unveil the mysteries beneath the surface
Getting a professional analysis measures nutrients and offers recommendations

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

Given the recent news on emissions of heavy metals in Portland, I'm looking for information on which vegetables take up these pollutants from the soil. What else should I be concerned about?

Upcoming Events

Apr. 30, 2016 8:30am - 1:00pm
Corvallis Evening Garden Club's annual plant sale featuring over 2000 plants, primarily ornamental perennials, for …
Apr. 30, 2016 9:00am - 3:00pm
Annual Plant Sale and Fair presented by the Yamhill County Master Gardener Assn.. Thousands of …
Apr. 30, 2016 9:00am - 3:00pm
Plant Sale: vegetable starts, trees, shrubs, roses, native plants, perennials, herbs, berries and hops Silent …
May. 06, 2016 9:00am - 4:00pm
More Space, All Favorites, New, Rare & Unusual Plants Featured at Polk County Master Gardener's …
May. 07, 2016 (all day)
The Curry County Master Gardeners will be having their annual plant sale on Saturday, May …
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