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 March

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

  • Spray to control leaf and twig fungus diseases in dogwood, sycamore, hawthorn, and willow trees.

  • Western Oregon: Prune spring-flowering shrubs after blossoms fade.

Gardening Tips

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Prune to keep ornamental shrubs healthy
Pruning is one of the most important tasks to keep shrubs and bushes healthy
diseased rhododendron
Publication reminds how to stop spread of Sudden Oak Death
Humans help spread the disease when they transport infected plants, plant parts or infested soil.
pH meter
Think like a plant when measuring soil pH
Think of yourself in a swimming pool. If the water is too cold, or the chlorine makes your eyes hurt, you don't want to be there.
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Spring is a good time to fertilize young trees and shrubs
When young trees soak up nitrogen fertilizer, they grow quickly, develop a dense canopy and stay green into the fall.
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How to make your own potting soil
Soil straight from your backyard just won’t do the job.

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

The top (grafted part) of our dwarf cherry tree died. We have other cherry trees and would like to graft a new top on it. What is the best type of graft to make?

Upcoming Events

Mar. 14, 2015 8:15am - 4:00pm
Spring into Gardening Educational Seminars.  8 topics to choose from.  A buffet lunch is included …
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