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 November

  • Treat peaches four weeks after leaf fall spray for peach leaf curl and shothole diseases.

  • Place a portable cold frame over rows of winter vegetables.

  • Check firewood for insect infestations. Burn affected wood first and don't store inside.

Gardening Tips

Photo of tomatoes on the vine.
Need help with your problematic vegetables?
Learn to troubleshoot problems with your carrots, cabbages and tomatoes.
Photo of a grape with botrytis.
Don't let fungi sour your grapes
During the summer, grape growers should watch for powdery mildew and bunch rot, two fungi, that damage the fruit.
Picture of a Christmas cactus.
Christmas cactus care doesn't take a holiday
If you want your Christmas cactus to bloom in the winter, you have to take care of it in the summer.
Purple iceplant photo
Fight fire with plants? You bet.
Reduce the risk of a wildfire engulfing your house by surrounding it with fire-resistant plants.
OSU offers tips to deter pillaging raccoons
Dana Sanchez, a wildlife specialist with the Oregon State University Extension Service, offers advice on how to get raccoons out of your yard.

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

Hello. I had considered taking the MG program years ago but was told you folks advocate the use of Miracle Gro and other synthetic chemicals. I'm wondering whether or not this is true? Unless the MG practice is one of a strictly organic approach, I won't bother; but if the rumor is false, and you folks are recommending no chemicals, I'd love to sign up.
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