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

  • Plan to add herbaceous perennial flowers this spring: astilbe, candytuft, peony, and anemone.

  • Western Oregon: Prune and train trailing blackberries (if not done the prior August); prune back raspberries.

  • Fertilize rhubarb with manure or a complete fertilizer.

Gardening Tips

Hazelnut harvest commences. (Photo by Lynn Ketchum)
Choose blight-resistant hazelnuts for your orchard
Gardeners with small-scale orchards can take advantage of hazelnut varieties bred in recent years at Oregon State University that resist eastern filbert blight.
A Phragmipedium Red Sky orchid. (Photo by Judie Rickus)
Jazz up your windowsill with spectacular orchids
Do Oregon's short, dark winter days have you dreaming of the sunshine of exotic lands? Jazz up your windowsill with glamorous orchids.
A trench drain in Portland. (Photo by Derek Godwin)
Winter days are perfect for planning a rain garden
Oregon's winters are a good time to observe how water flows on your property so you can later create a rain garden.
Bushtits are frequent visitors to this suet feeder. (Photo by OSU's EESC.)
Don't let disease foul your bird feeder
As you're welcoming wild birds into your yard this winter, be sure to keep your bird feeder clean and keep an eye on the health of your feathered diners.
Poinsettias (Photo by Hannah O'Leary)
Pointers on setting poinsettias outside
But should you put poinsettias in the ground after the holidays?

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. 08, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm
What constitutes a native plant for gardeners in the Portland metro region? Native to North …
Feb. 25, 2016 8:30am - Mar. 12, 2016 4:00pm
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Mar. 12, 2016 (all day)
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Apr. 30, 2016 9:00am - 3:00pm
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