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

  • Propagate split-leaf philodendrons and other leggy indoor plants by air-layering or vegetative cuttings.

  • Protect sensitive plants such as weeping figs from cold drafts in the house.

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

Gardening Tips

handful of soil
How to make your own potting soil
Soil straight from your backyard just won’t do the job.
flowers
It's time for spring cleaning in the garden
A few tips to help make your summer flowerbeds healthy and beautiful
Indigo Rose tomato
Purple tomato debuts as ‘Indigo Rose’
Indigo Rose is the first improved tomato variety in the world that has anthocyanins in its fruit.
poplar bark
The subtle beauty of bark helps trees survive the winter
The basic function of bark is to help the tree survive drying winds and extremes of temperature.
Oregon grape
Drought-tolerant native evergreens give year-round interest
Drought-tolerant evergreens keep a Mediterranean garden green year round.

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'd like to mix more sand into my soil to help break up the clay. If I collect sand from an ocean beach, should I be worried about too much salt in the sand and it impacting my soil? If I were to use the beach sand for another project like a base for setting paving stones, would I be introducing a large amount of sodium?

Upcoming Events

Feb. 07, 2015 8:00am - 5:00pm
Insights Into Gardening is a day-long seminar offering practical, hands-on learning for home gardeners and …
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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