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

  • Western Oregon: Do not walk on lawns until frost has melted.

  • Turn the compost pile and protect from heavy rains, if necessary.

  • Avoid mounding mulching materials around the bases of trees and shrubs. The mulch might provide cover for rodents.

Gardening Tips

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Sign up now to become an OSU Master Gardener!
You are invited to join more than 4,000 Oregonians who have become OSU Master Gardeners, expert gardeners who share what they learn with their communities.
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Renovate your lawn after summer dormancy
OSU turf specialist Robert Golembiewski offers advice to help a drought-stressed lawn.
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Gardeners can help control the great escape
Gardeners can guard against and eliminate invasive plants, according to the new OSU publication "Invasive Species: What Gardeners Need to Know."
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Take caution with unfamiliar berry plants
Many weeds have flowered and the "fruit" can look tasty, but should not be eaten.
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Plant or move plants in the fall to prevent shock
The wet and mild conditions of autumn can help prevent transplant shock.

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'd like to mix more sand into my soil to help break up the clay. If I collect sand from an ocean beach, should I be worried about too much salt in the sand and it impacting my soil? If I were to use the beach sand for another project like a base for setting paving stones, would I be introducing a large amount of sodium?
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