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 July

  • Midsummer plantings of beets, bush beans, carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, lettuce, kale, and peas will provide fall and winter crops.

  • July 10: Spray filbert trees for filbertworm, as necessary.

  • Hanging baskets of flowers or vegetable plantings need careful attention to watering and feeding during extended periods of hot weather.

Gardening Tips

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For quality table grapes, match growing season to variety
A new publication by OSU Extension, EC 1639, “Growing Table Grapes in Oregon,” can help you choose a cultivar best suited to where you live.
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Keep those gray fuzzy strawberries in check
Proper watering and yearly renovation can help stem strawberry gray mold, also known as Botrytis fruit rot.
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Rain helps in control of brown garden snails
The brown garden snail is the most well established exotic snail in Oregon and the only kind that gardeners have to worry about as a pest.
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Prune and fertilize hedges this time of year
The best time to trim is after the flush of spring growth, late April through early June, depending on your growing season and the vigor of the hedge materials, according to Ross Penhallegon, horticulturist with the Oregon State University Extension Service.
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Oregon gardeners can help manage spotted wing drosophila
If you grow cherries, mulberries and peaches or berries such as strawberries, raspberries and blueberries, you can help reduce the effect of spotted wing drosophila with a new online OSU Extension publication, EM 9026.

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

Will my EarthMachine composter work better if it's placed in a sunny part of my yard? Or is a shady place just as good? My friend claims food scraps compost faster when they are warmed up by sunlight (meaning the bacteria would be more active if warmer).

Upcoming Events

Jul. 31, 2014 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Learn efficient watering techniques to create a more sustainable environment in your own yard.  The …
Aug. 07, 2014 6:30pm - 8:30pm
 This class will cover the (a) encouragement and identification of native pollinators in gardens, and …
Aug. 19, 2014 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Learn how to grow medicianal and edible herbs in the home garden with Master Gardener …
Aug. 21, 2014 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Learn about the wide variety of options to extend the vegetable growing season in fall …
Oct. 11, 2014 (all day)
"Go Garden"... Saturday, October 11 from 9AM-2:30PM, two Master Gardeners, Mary Jacobs and Jordan Dawn, …
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