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

  • Optimal time for establishing a new lawn is August through mid-September.

  • Plant winter kale, Brussels sprouts, turnips, parsnips, parsley, and Chinese cabbage.

  • Clean and fertilize strawberry beds.

Gardening Tips

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Set seeds on the right path with homemade soil mixture
Plant for spring vegetable garden by making seed-starting medium
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Soil tests unveil the mysteries beneath the surface
Getting a professional analysis measures nutrients and offers recommendations
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Five berry-bearing shrubs to feed birds in winter
Keep our feathered friends in fine fettle in cold weather
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Tip of the hat to top gardening stories of 2015
Growing hops, mason bees and drought-tolerant perennials land in top 3
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Give seeds a test for A+ performance
Check for germination viability to avoid frustration when planting next spring

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

Periodically when I go to add scraps to my outdoor compost bin, I notice that there are worms gathered around the outer edge of my bin, under the lid. There are others in various areas on the inner rim of both the bin and the lid, and I can't tell if they are trying to get away or if they are headed inside. I was just wondering if there was a specific reason why the worms do this and if it is because they don't like the conditions, if there is something I can do to help prevent their leaving?

Upcoming Events

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