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 June

  • Harvest thinnings from new plantings of lettuce, onion, and chard.

  • Control garden weeds by pulling, hoeing, or mulching.

  • After normal fruit drop of apples, pears and peaches in June, consider thinning the remainder to produce a larger crop of fruit.

Gardening Tips

pH meter
Think like a plant when measuring soil pH
Think of yourself in a swimming pool. If the water is too cold, or the chlorine makes your eyes hurt, you don't want to be there.
dripline illustration
Spring is a good time to fertilize young trees and shrubs
When young trees soak up nitrogen fertilizer, they grow quickly, develop a dense canopy and stay green into the fall.
handful of soil
How to make your own potting soil
Soil straight from your backyard just won’t do the job.
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It's time for spring cleaning in the garden
A few tips to help make your summer flowerbeds healthy and beautiful
Indigo Rose tomato
Purple tomato debuts as ‘Indigo Rose’
Indigo Rose is the first improved tomato variety in the world that has anthocyanins in its fruit.

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

Is this true or is it a myth? Male peppers have 3 bumps and female peppers have 4 bumps. Female peppers are full of seeds but are sweeter and better for eating raw. Males are better for cooking?

Upcoming Events

Jul. 24, 2015 6:00pm - 9:00pm
The Food Innovation Center invites you to join us for the first ever Pop-Up dinner. Come celebrate Oregon’s summer …
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