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 December

  • Monitor landscape plants for problems. Don't treat unless a problem is identified.

  • Avoid mounding mulching materials around the bases of trees and shrubs. The mulch might provide cover for rodents.

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

Gardening Tips

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Booklet explains grafting and budding techniques to propagate plants
The updated18-page booklet gives the best season to propagate fruit and ornamentals.
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A dead tree or shrub? Learn from a post-mortem analysis
There are many reasons for a woody plant to succumb and a "post-mortem" analysis can point out clues.
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How to test your stored seed for germination
You can discover the average rate of germination before the planting season begins.
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Canning seafood: How to prepare and process safely
New to the publication are instructions on how to check home-canned seafood for spoilage and how to detoxify it.
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Gift suggestions for gardeners
Thirty-eight gifts for your gardener friends and family

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

I'd like to mix more sand into my soil to help break up the clay. If I collect sand from an ocean beach, should I be worried about too much salt in the sand and it impacting my soil? If I were to use the beach sand for another project like a base for setting paving stones, would I be introducing a large amount of sodium?
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