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 May

  • Plant dahlias, gladioli, and tuberous begonias in mid-May.

  • Plant chrysanthemums for fall color.

  • Prepare and prime irrigation system for summer.

Gardening Tips

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Give seeds a test for A+ performance
Check for germination viability to avoid frustration when planting next spring
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Invent your own wreath for a festive holiday statement
Almost any plant will do to make a door decoration
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Finding a fresh tree is as easy as the snap of a needle
Keep your Christmas evergreen at its best with regular water
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Get indoor pests to bug off without chemicals
Winter is a good time to check for insects on your houseplants
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Clueless about compost? Expert shares timely tips
Use the 'one-third' system for easy composting

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 hear about adding coffee grounds to garden soil. What are the benefits?
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