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 April

  • Central/Eastern Oregon: If snow mold was a problem, scratch surface. If turf damage is severe, seed with Kentucky bluegrass.

  • Apply commercial fertilizers, manure, or compost to cane, bush (gooseberries, currants, and blueberries), and trailing berries.

  • Write in your garden journal throughout the growing season.

Gardening Tips

Chile peppers. (Photo by Lynn Ketchum)
Spice up your garden with the perfect pepper
If you've become exasperated trying to make peppers thrive in Oregon's short-lived growing season, don't give up hope just yet.
A bumble bee pollinates a flower. (Photo by Lynn Ketchum)
12 plants to entice pollinators to your garden
Consider adding some flower power to your landscape to bring in the buzz of pollinators to your garden.
Make sure to give giant pumpkins room to spread. (Photo by Jim Myers)
Secrets of monster pumpkin growers revealed
Halloween may be months away but if you are hoping to grow monster pumpkins, now is the time to start planting.
The hand method of soil texture analysis. (Photo by Lynn Ketchum)
Know your soil before you plant
If you want to grow better plants, you first need to understand the texture of your soil.
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.

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. 29, 2017 9:00am - Apr. 30, 2017 2:00pm
The Yamhill County Master Gardeners Association and the Yamhill County OSU Extension Service are pleased …
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 …
May. 06, 2017 9:00am - 3:00pm
Please join us for the BCMGA Annual Plant Sale! Perennials, Natives, Veggies, Trees, Shrubs and …
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