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

  • Western Oregon: Do not walk on lawns until frost has melted.

  • Place windbreaks to protect sensitive landscape evergreens against cold, drying winds.

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

Gardening Tips

A damaged tree on the OSU campus. (Photo by Denise Ruttan)
Trees may need 'first aid' after winter storms
After winter storms, it's time for the daunting task of cleaning up the damage.
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.

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

My cactus is seven feet tall. I've had it for about 20 years. There is more brown color at the base and up two of the stalks but it continues to make new baby leaves all over. It is in a pot that is 8 inches across. I'm concerned that it might need to be repotted but there is no way I can lift it. Also I wonder if it's too dry or too wet? It sits by the window that faces south and a large picture window on the front wall faces east. Please advise.

Upcoming Events

Jan. 23, 2017 (all day)
The online Master Gardener course is being revised, and will relaunch in January of 2017.  …
Jan. 25, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Professor emeritus, Ross Penhallegon has more than 50 years of orchard management experience—come learn from …
Feb. 02, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Feb. 06, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Benton County Master Gardener board meeting
Feb. 11, 2017 (all day)
What: Insights into Gardening is a day-long seminar hosted by Benton County Master Gardeners.  Whether …
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