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

  • Central Oregon: Gather branches of quince, forsythia, and flowering cherries; bring indoors to force early bloom.

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

  • Western Oregon: Prune clematis, Virginia creeper, and other vining ornamentals.

Gardening Tips

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How to keep your Christmas tree fresh
Christmas tree specialists bust the myths about how to take care of your cut Christmas tree
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Make holiday decorations from plants in your garden
Intertwined organic materials such as grapevines, evergreen boughs and berries make natural-looking wreaths, swags, garlands and centerpieces.
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Shred autumn leaves for compost piles and garden beds
Fallen leaves will break down much more quickly if you chop them into tinier pieces.
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How to successfully replant riparian areas
Riparian areas that are damaged can be replanted. Six manageable steps are detailed in a comprehensive OSU guide.
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Purple-leaf grape vine is an alternative to invasives
Purple leaf grape is a deep reddish purple. Its ornamental features and use as a climber or groundcover, make up for the lack of fruit flavor.

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

The top (grafted part) of our dwarf cherry tree died. We have other cherry trees and would like to graft a new top on it. What is the best type of graft to make?

Upcoming Events

Mar. 14, 2015 8:15am - 4:00pm
Spring into Gardening Educational Seminars.  8 topics to choose from.  A buffet lunch is included …
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