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 May

  • Plant dahlias, gladioli, and tuberous begonias in mid-May.

  • Control slugs with bait or traps and by removing or mowing vegetation near garden plots.

  • Trap moles and gophers as new mounds appear.

Gardening Tips

Lily
8 fragrant flowers to delight the senses in summertime
Choose from these plants with pleasant scents
Boxwood blight
Disease hitting boxwood shrubs in Oregon gardens
Boxwood blight could become a serious problem
Tomato
Tips for growing big, beautiful tomatoes
OSU expert offers tips for success
Doug-fir
Drought hits Douglas-fir trees hard
Diseases and pests take advantage of trees' weakened condition
rose rust
Easy ways to fight the ‘big four’ foes of roses
Start with a disease-resistant plant and add a dash of prevention

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

We received a handful of tomato starts from a friend who occasionally smokes "at a distance" from their home/family (don't know how far, but goal is to not smell of anything around family/house). How wary/careful should we be about these starts possibly being infected, and if so, what precautionary measures should we take? We're probably going to just return the gift, but since there are still a number of smokers in our town, is there a concern about any airborne particles affecting us?

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