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 August

  • Plant winter kale, Brussels sprouts, turnips, parsnips, parsley, and Chinese cabbage.

  • Watch for corn earworm on early corn. Treat as needed.

  • Oregon Coast: Plant spinach.

Gardening Tips

peppers photo by Lynn Ketchum
Coax tomatoes and peppers to maturity
Use plastic sheeting to warm the soil.
Insect Handbook
PNW Extension guides help manage plant diseases, weeds and insects
Pacific Northwest farmers and growers as well as consultants and home gardeners find the handbooks helpful.
doug-fir
Oregon tree names keep people guessing
The newly revised Oregon State University publication, "Understanding Names of Oregon Trees," (EC 1502), is available online.
EC 1613 cover
Guidebook identifies good bugs and the bad bugs they love to eat
You can become familiar with beneficial predators and learn what plants attract them to your garden.
sweet pea flowers
Fragrant sweet peas please the gardener more than the bee
Sweet peas have transplanted well to all parts of the world, especially throughout Oregon.

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 maintain a fairly productive compost pile that I use to replenish my raised beds each year. This year, I have a large number of plants (mainly squash and tomatoes) that have come up in beds where this compost was used. Someone told me that it might be dangerous to eat veggies from these seeds that I assume did not get completely broken down in the composting process. Maybe something to do with excessive nitrogen levels? Is this true, or are these veggies safe to eat?

Upcoming Events

Sep. 17, 2015 1:00pm - 3:30pm
At this field day extension agents and seed companies will lead field walks of vegetable …
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