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 March

  • Western Oregon: Prune spring-flowering shrubs after blossoms fade.

  • Learn to identify the predatory insects that can help keep aphids and other pests under control.

  • Western Oregon: Monitor for European crane fly and treat lawns if damage has been verified.

Gardening Tips

Pear scab can attack pear trees. (Photo by Lynn Ketchum)
April showers could bring fungus to fruit trees
As the blossoms fade in your apple and pear trees this spring, keep an eye out for a fungus that flourishes in warm, wet weather, cautions the Oregon State University Extension Service.
"Charm," a new June-bearing strawberry. (Photo by Chad Finn)
Plant strawberries and boost your health
From strawberry jam to fruit salad, nothing says summer quite like the succulent strawberry.
Transform goldfish waste into garden food. (Photo by Lynn Ketchum)
Transform fish waste into food for an aquaponics garden
Skip the soil and try growing vegetables in an aquaponics system that turns fish waste into fertilizer for your plants.
Hops grow at OSU. (Photo by Lynn Ketchum)
Watch for fungus on your hops this spring
If you're growing hops to brew your own beer, you may notice silvery or pale green, brittle spikes rising from the crown of the plant or brown spots on the leaves this spring.
OSU's Legend tomato. (Photo by Lynn Ketchum)
Eight OSU-developed tomatoes to try
As you pore over seed catalogs in these cold winter months, you'll likely include tomatoes in your vegetable garden dreams.

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 will be planting blueberries in 18 inch tall 4x8 raised beds. I plan to use this as my basic soil: (pH 6-6.5) 30% Native Screened Sandy Loam 40% Garden Compost 5% Power Mulch 5% Mushroom Compost 20% Horticultural Pumice. How can I transform this basic soil to make it perfect for blueberries? I am thinking of taking the basic soil and combining it with equal parts douglas fir bark. Or do you think I should leave the basic soil as it is and just add sulphur? Or something else... what is the perfect soil to place in the raised beds?

Upcoming Events

Apr. 03, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Benton County Master Gardener board meeting
Apr. 06, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
May. 01, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Benton County Master Gardener board meeting
May. 04, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
May. 06, 2017 (all day)
Saturday, May 6, 2017, 9:00AM-4:00PM, PLANT & GARDEN EXPO, Roseburg, Oregon The OSU Douglas County Master …
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