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 December

  • Monitor houseplants for adequate water and fertilizer. Water and fertilizer requirements generally are less in winter.

  • Western Oregon: Make sure that landscape plants in protected sites receive water regularly during the winter.

  • Western Oregon: Good time of year to plant trees, and landscape shrubs.

Gardening Tips

Carla Albright's garden. (Photo by Carla Albright)
Coastal gardening brings challenges and rewards
Gardening on the often-extreme Oregon coast might seem intimidating and risky. But Carla Albright, a Master Gardener trained by the Oregon State University Extension Service who lives just north of Tillamook, wants to reassure you that it is possible to grow a wonderful garden — even if you live next door to the wild Pacific.
Herbs grow in a container. (Photo by Weston Miller)
Start an herb garden on your kitchen windowsill this fall
It's a good time of year from early August through mid-October to plant perennial herbs in containers, Miller said. Any type of well-drained container and regular potting soil will do.
Daffodils bloom in early spring. (Photo by Betsy Hartley)
Six attractive plants to brighten winter days in western Oregon
Fall is a good time to plant shrubs and trees that will cheer up western Oregon's often gloomy winter days.
Purple cold-hardy vegetables. (Photo by Jim Myers)
These cold-hardy vegetables may stick it out through winter
The fearless gardener still has a chance to plant some cold-hardy vegetables to harvest next spring, said Jim Myers, plant breeder and researcher at Oregon State University. But don't dawdle.
Slug. (Photo by Robin Rosetta)
Make your garden less inviting to slugs
Stymied by slugs that can plod through your chard and cabbage, leaving a slimy trail of destruction? Put away that salt shaker, advises Robin Rosetta, an entomologist for the Oregon State University Extension Service. Table salt can build up in the soil over time and damage plants.

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

We have several acres of land out near Elmira, Oregon and within that area there was a substantial amount of established poison oak when we purchased the property. I have been digging it out, including the roots, as much as I can. The remainder of our yard waste here ends up in a burn pile, but I'm hesitant to burn the large quantites of poison oak that I'm accumulating. Is there a safe period of time after poison oak has been dug up that the oils have disolved and its ok to burn? Or how else can it be disposed of it?

Upcoming Events

Dec. 05, 2016 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Benton County Master Gardener board meeting
Dec. 06, 2016 7:15am - 8:15am
Guest speaker: Steve Schreiner from Schreiner’s Iris Gardens Schreiner’s Iris Gardens, in the heart of the …
Jan. 02, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Benton County Master Gardener board meeting
Jan. 05, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Jan. 23, 2017 (all day)
The online Master Gardener course is being revised, and will relaunch in January of 2017.  …
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