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 August

  • First week: If necessary, second spray of filbert trees for filbertworm.

  • Camellias need deep watering to develop flower buds for next spring.

  • Fertilize cucumbers, summer squash, and broccoli to maintain production while you continue harvesting.

Gardening Tips

Picture of a Christmas cactus.
Christmas cactus care doesn't take a holiday
If you want your Christmas cactus to bloom in the winter, you have to take care of it in the summer.
Purple iceplant photo
Fight fire with plants? You bet.
Reduce the risk of a wildfire engulfing your house by surrounding it with fire-resistant plants.
Raccoon
OSU offers tips to deter pillaging raccoons
Dana Sanchez, a wildlife specialist with the Oregon State University Extension Service, offers advice on how to get raccoons out of your yard.
pesticide photo by Bob Rost
OSU guide shows how to use pesticides safely at home
An updated guide from the Oregon State University Extension Service shows gardeners and others how to use, store and dispose of pesticides safely.
clover photo by Tiffany Woods
How to find the nutrient values of organic fertilizers
A report has information on the top sources of organic fertilizers, their NPK content, release speed and effectiveness.

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 maintain a fairly productive compost pile that I use to replenish my raised beds each year. This year, I have a large number of plants (mainly squash and tomatoes) that have come up in beds where this compost was used. Someone told me that it might be dangerous to eat veggies from these seeds that I assume did not get completely broken down in the composting process. Maybe something to do with excessive nitrogen levels? Is this true, or are these veggies safe to eat?

Upcoming Events

Sep. 17, 2015 1:00pm - 3:30pm
At this field day extension agents and seed companies will lead field walks of vegetable …
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