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 September

  • Clean houseplants, check for insects, and repot and fertilize if necessary; then bring them indoors.

  • Dig, clean, and store tuberous begonias if frost threatens.

  • As necessary, apply copper spray for peach and cherry trees.

Gardening Tips

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Wild strawberry plants can cover a lot of ground
Here's a groundcover that is native to Oregon and doesn't require much water.
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Mature green tomatoes can ripen off the vine
A tomato is nearing maturity when it has a light green, almost translucent, appearance.
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Sign up now to become an OSU Master Gardener!
You are invited to join more than 4,000 Oregonians who have become OSU Master Gardeners, expert gardeners who share what they learn with their communities.
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Renovate your lawn after summer dormancy
OSU turf specialist Robert Golembiewski offers advice to help a drought-stressed lawn.
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Gardeners can help control the great escape
Gardeners can guard against and eliminate invasive plants, according to the new OSU publication "Invasive Species: What Gardeners Need to Know."

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

Will my EarthMachine composter work better if it's placed in a sunny part of my yard? Or is a shady place just as good? My friend claims food scraps compost faster when they are warmed up by sunlight (meaning the bacteria would be more active if warmer).

Upcoming Events

Oct. 11, 2014 (all day)
"Go Garden"... Saturday, October 11 from 9AM-2:30PM, two Master Gardeners, Mary Jacobs and Jordan Dawn, …
Oct. 22, 2014 9:00am - Oct. 23, 2014 5:00pm
Lear practical information to create sustainable/green/ecological landscapes. Participants will learn to utilize landscape practices that …
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