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

  • Cut back ornamental grasses to a few inches above the ground, in early spring.

  • Cut and remove weeds near the garden to remove potential sources of plant disease.

  • Western Oregon: Prune and shape or thin spring-blooming shrubs and trees after blossoms fade.

Gardening Tips

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Three requirements to grow clematis vines
Clematis need a little special handling at the start, but once established they grow and flower year after year.
Garlic expert: Fertilize and weed garlic in the spring
Fertilize garlic in the spring if you want a large and healthy crop of bulbs by summer, advises Chip Bubl, garlic expert and agricultural agent at the Columbia County office of the OSU Extension Service in St. Helens.
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Some vegetables require less water than others
Some vegetables, such as beans, are adapted to drought conditions at a very basic, cellular level.
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This spring plant a butterfly garden
You can attract butterflies to your garden when you provide a few essentials for the stages of their lives.
Harness the sun to kill weeds, plant diseases and pests
Harness the heat of the sun to kill weeds, plant diseases and pests.

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

For the last 8-10 yrs I've been good about pruning my climbing rosebush and its has thrived. This year I didn't get to it in February, as I usually do, now it's April and not looking great. Will it harm the bush if I do my usual pruning in April?

Upcoming Events

Apr. 19, 2014 8:30am - 3:00pm
Master Gardener volunteers will be available to pot newly purchased plants into containers that you …
Apr. 22, 2014 3:30pm - 8:00pm
It's spring! Come out and touch fertile ground. Reconnect with the good Earth that brings …
Apr. 26, 2014 9:00am - 3:00pm
  http://extension.oregonstate.edu/yamhill/yamhill-county-master-gardeners-annual-spring-plant-sale
May. 01, 2014 9:00am - 4:00pm
The Master Food Preserver program trains and certifies volunteers in food safety, food preservation, and …
May. 02, 2014 4:00pm - May. 04, 2014 4:00pm
This year we will have an amazing selection of perennials, annuals, fuchsias, hanging baskets, vegetables, …
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