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 February

  • Plant seed flats of cole crops (cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts), indoors or in a greenhouse.

  • Central Oregon: Gather branches of quince, forsythia, and flowering cherries; bring indoors to force early bloom.

  • Pasteurize soil for starting seedlings in pots or flats, or use clean sterile commercial mixes.

Gardening Tips

Lettuce (Photo by OSU's EESC)
Get a head start gardening in western Oregon with cool-season crops
Cool-season plants can be directly seeded into the ground in March in the Willamette Valley and southern Oregon.
Japanese Heritage Garden. (Photo by Elizabeth Daniel)
Japanese garden in Hood River offers ideas for your own yard
Tucked away in a corner of a public garden in Hood River, the Japanese Heritage Garden offers an unexpected place of quiet reflection.
Mole mounds in the grass. (Photo by Flickr:Dodo-Bird)
For mole control, go underground
By understanding moles, you can better control them or, who knows, you might even start to like them.
Cherry tomatoes. (Photo by Rachel Beck.)
No space for vegetables? Try vertical gardening.
Hankering for fresh tomatoes this summer but don’t have space for a vegetable garden? Save room by training your veggies to grow up. Literally.
Leaves can be used in lasagna gardening. (Photo by Tamara Hill-Tanquist.)
Layer compost "lasagna-style" for no-till gardening
Also known as sheet mulching, "lasagna gardening" is a no-till, no-dig gardening method that turns materials like kitchen waste, straw and newspapers into rich, healthy compost.

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 have chopped down blackberry canes into fairly small pieces in my back yard, The area is a fair size. Can I leave them on the ground, or can these pieces of cane resprout. I'm not interested in using any kind of chemicals. If I dig up the roots, is it possible to smother the blackberries by covering them with heavy black plastic? Or is that a waste of time. I realize blackberries are very difficult to remove.

Upcoming Events

Feb. 25, 2016 8:30am - Mar. 12, 2016 4:00pm
The Yamhill County Master Gardeners Association and the Yamhill County OSU Extension Service are pleased …
Mar. 12, 2016 (all day)
A total of 8 seminars presented with various topics relating to landscaping in the yard …
Apr. 30, 2016 9:00am - 3:00pm
Annual Plant Sale and Fair presented by the Yamhill County Master Gardener Assn.. Thousands of …
Share this