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 March

  • Spray trees and shrubs for webworms and leafrollers, if present.

  • Learn to identify the predatory insects that can help keep aphids and other pests under control.

  • Monitor landscape plants for problems. Don't treat unless a problem is identified.

Gardening Tips

tomato on vine
6 common woes of tomatoes
OSU Extension horticulturist Brooke Edmunds troubleshoots common problems that afflict tomatoes.
squash
Mother Nature may need help to pollinate squash and cucumbers
Heat-loving squash and cucumber plants will take advantage of hot weather to blossom and set fruit. Successful pollination depends on insect pollinators, such as honeybees and native bees, as well as timing and location.
Lettuce
Keep it growing – plant fall and winter vegetables in July
In mild parts of western Oregon and along most of the coast, it is possible to grow a succession of garden vegetables throughout most of the year. Gardeners can extend the season well into fall in many parts of the Pacific Northwest with a little knowledge and protection of their plants from the elements.
Buckwheat
Buckwheat makes a good summer cover crop for gardens
Need a summer cover crop to add nutrients to your garden's soil? Try planting buckwheat.
Mossy roof
Prevent water pollution when treating a mossy roof
Many people pay more attention than usual to their roofs in the summer and fall as trees overhang, leaves pile up and fall rains are just around the corner.

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. 07, 2015 9:00am - 12:00pm
This is a morning full of short classes on essential gardening information taught by Oregon …
Mar. 07, 2015 10:00am - 2:00pm
Annual TREE SEEDLING SALE happens on Saturday, March 7th, at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds (4-H …
Mar. 10, 2015 7:00pm - 9:00pm
This program at the Multnomah County Master Gardener chapter meeting will feature Gail Langellotto from …
Mar. 11, 2015 9:30am - 11:30am
What We'll Cover: How and when to get started, costs, city requirements Learn the importance …
Mar. 12, 2015 10:00am - 12:00pm
TURNING DIRT INTO SOIL, with Claudette, Sally R., & Sonja, at Newport Public Library Conference …
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