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 July

  • Stake tall-growing flowering plants such as delphinium, hollyhocks, and lupine. Stake tomatoes, as necessary.

  • Control hollyhock rust by sanitation, picking affected leaves, or spraying with a registered fungicide. Read and follow label directions.

  • East of the Cascades: If necessary, spray for corn earworm as silking begins. Protect bees from spray.

Gardening Tips

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Pears can be ripened to perfection
The colder the pears are, the longer they'll stay in good condition. In fact, they need to be cooled to ripen properly.
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OSU Extension food safety/preservation hotline expects more than 3,000 calls
Call the OSU Extension Service Food Safety/Preservation Hotline from July 18 to October 13 at 1-800-354-7319, Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The hotline is staffed by OSU Extension Master Food Preserver volunteers and OSU Extension staff.
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Fall webworms have begun to appear in tree branches
The gauzy-looking tents at the end of tree branches are most likely fall webworm caterpillars working as a group to make a home.
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Check drainage to avoid salt build-up in planters
To avoid salt buildup in containers, let all the liquid run out of drainage holes at the bottom of the pot every time you water.
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Life's a picnic for yellow jackets
Not to be mistaken as honeybees, yellow jackets are mostly meat eaters and are particularly fond of rotting fruit.

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

Jul. 31, 2014 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Learn efficient watering techniques to create a more sustainable environment in your own yard.  The …
Aug. 07, 2014 6:30pm - 8:30pm
 This class will cover the (a) encouragement and identification of native pollinators in gardens, and …
Aug. 19, 2014 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Learn how to grow medicianal and edible herbs in the home garden with Master Gardener …
Aug. 21, 2014 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Learn about the wide variety of options to extend the vegetable growing season in fall …
Oct. 11, 2014 (all day)
"Go Garden"... Saturday, October 11 from 9AM-2:30PM, two Master Gardeners, Mary Jacobs and Jordan Dawn, …
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