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 October

  • Pot and store tulips and daffodils to force into early bloom, indoors, in December and January.

  • Clean and paint greenhouses and cold frames for plant storage and winter growth.

  • Prune out dead fruiting canes in raspberries.

Gardening Tips

Ten all-around great shrubs for water-wise gardens
Low-water plants save money, time and help the environment
Espaliered fruit trees
Training a fruit tree into an espalier takes a good dash of dedication
Turn a tree into a space-saving specimen with some tips from an OSU Extension expert
Cut down on chance of disaster with fire-resistant landscape
Choosing the right plants can make all the difference in the face of a wildfire
Water sprinkler
Cool it down in the garden with OSU expert’s tips
Be sure to water plants well as summer heat sets in
8 fragrant flowers to delight the senses in summertime
Choose from these plants with pleasant scents

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

Hello. I had considered taking the MG program years ago but was told you folks advocate the use of Miracle Gro and other synthetic chemicals. I'm wondering whether or not this is true? Unless the MG practice is one of a strictly organic approach, I won't bother; but if the rumor is false, and you folks are recommending no chemicals, I'd love to sign up.
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