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

  • Turn the compost pile and protect from heavy rains, if necessary.

  • Protect new landscape plants from wind. Use stakes, guy wires and/or windbreaks as needed.

  • Check stored flower bulbs, fresh vegetables, and fruits for rot and fungus problems. Discard any showing signs of rot.

Gardening Tips

A cultivated blackberry. (Photo by Stephen Ward)
Make blackberries the 'superfood' star of your garden
When you're planning this year's garden, don't overlook one of the unsung heroes of the fruit world – the blackberry.
A blueberry plant infected with the mummy berry fungus. (Photo by Jay Pscheidt)
Mummy berry could spook your blueberries
Watch your blueberries this spring for a type of fungus that has zombie-like qualities.
The Carol Mackie Daphne shrub. (Photo by Amy Jo Detweiler)
Enliven your landscape with colorful foliage
When you think ornamentals, flowers may immediately come to mind. But consider shrubs with vibrant leaves to add interest to your landscape all year.
A white oak tree stands in a Willamette Valley field. (Photo by Lynn Ketchum)
Five tips to winterize your trees
Your trees may still need attention even in the coldest days of winter.
A wild bird perches in a tree. (Photo by Betsy Hartley)
How to attract wild birds to your yard this winter
Wild birds can sometimes use a little help from us to thrive in winter.

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 have several acres of land out near Elmira, Oregon and within that area there was a substantial amount of established poison oak when we purchased the property. I have been digging it out, including the roots, as much as I can. The remainder of our yard waste here ends up in a burn pile, but I'm hesitant to burn the large quantites of poison oak that I'm accumulating. Is there a safe period of time after poison oak has been dug up that the oils have disolved and its ok to burn? Or how else can it be disposed of it?

Upcoming Events

Dec. 05, 2016 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Benton County Master Gardener board meeting
Dec. 06, 2016 7:15am - 8:15am
Guest speaker: Steve Schreiner from Schreiner’s Iris Gardens Schreiner’s Iris Gardens, in the heart of the …
Jan. 02, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Benton County Master Gardener board meeting
Jan. 05, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Jan. 23, 2017 (all day)
The online Master Gardener course is being revised, and will relaunch in January of 2017.  …
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