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 August

  • First week: If necessary, second spray for peach tree borer and/or peach twig borer.

  • Columbia and Snake River Valleys, Ontario: Plant Chinese cabbage, and endive.

  • Camellias need deep watering to develop flower buds for next spring.

Gardening Tips

The Carol Mackie Daphne shrub. (Photo by Amy Jo Detweiler)
Enliven your landscape with colorful foliage
When you think ornamentals, flowers may immediately come to mind. But consider shrubs with vibrant leaves to add interest to your landscape all year.
A white oak tree stands in a Willamette Valley field. (Photo by Lynn Ketchum)
Five tips to winterize your trees
Your trees may still need attention even in the coldest days of winter.
A wild bird perches in a tree. (Photo by Betsy Hartley)
How to attract wild birds to your yard this winter
Wild birds can sometimes use a little help from us to thrive in winter.
Use fall leaves in "lasagna" gardening. (Photo by Tamara Hill-Tanquist)
Five popular OSU Extension gardening stories from 2013
From how to plant cover crops to how to aerate your lawn, the Oregon State University Extension Service offered gardeners advice on several topics from a variety of OSU experts in 2013.
Alec Kowalewski, OSU's turfgrass specialist. (Photo by Tiffany Woods)
How to get rid of moss in your lawn
With the rainy season in full swing, it's time to count yourself in one of two camps: You either love or hate the moss that invades Pacific Northwest lawns.

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

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, …
Oct. 22, 2014 9:00am - Oct. 23, 2014 5:00pm
Lear practical information to create sustainable/green/ecological landscapes. Participants will learn to utilize landscape practices that …
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