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 January

  • Reapply or redistribute mulch that has blown or washed away during winter.

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

  • Western Oregon: Gather branches of quince, forsythia, and flowering cherries and bring indoors to force an early bloom.

Gardening Tips

Transform goldfish waste into garden food. (Photo by Lynn Ketchum)
Transform fish waste into food for an aquaponics garden
Skip the soil and try growing vegetables in an aquaponics system that turns fish waste into fertilizer for your plants.
Hops grow at OSU. (Photo by Lynn Ketchum)
Watch for fungus on your hops this spring
If you're growing hops to brew your own beer, you may notice silvery or pale green, brittle spikes rising from the crown of the plant or brown spots on the leaves this spring.
Vegetable starts. (Photo by Lynn Ketchum)
Jump-start spring by sprouting seeds indoors
When the first daffodils bloom to let us know that spring is around the corner, it is time to start vegetable seeds indoors or in the greenhouse.
OSU's Legend tomato. (Photo by Lynn Ketchum)
Eight OSU-developed tomatoes to try
As you pore over seed catalogs in these cold winter months, you'll likely include tomatoes in your vegetable garden dreams.
A damaged tree on the OSU campus. (Photo by Denise Ruttan)
Trees may need 'first aid' after winter storms
After winter storms, it's time for the daunting task of cleaning up the damage.

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'm an urban rental dweller--West Portland--whose elderly landlords would rather deal with issues with the house rather than the yard, on which grass seed that I've bought does not grow; the soil is depleted and I can't really afford to pay for bag after bag of compost or fertilizer (it's a pretty big lot). So after a little research I read about the endangered Oregon Kinkaid's Lupine and am wondering if that could be planted here for a few years to enrich the soil and grow harvestable seeds for others to grow. I doubt the landlords nor the neighbors would object, given that the yard is mostly moss and dandelions now. Any merit to the idea?  

Upcoming Events

Jan. 23, 2017 (all day)
The online Master Gardener course is being revised, and will relaunch in January of 2017.  …
Jan. 25, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Professor emeritus, Ross Penhallegon has more than 50 years of orchard management experience—come learn from …
Feb. 02, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Feb. 06, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Benton County Master Gardener board meeting
Feb. 11, 2017 (all day)
What: Insights into Gardening is a day-long seminar hosted by Benton County Master Gardeners.  Whether …
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