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 December

  • Western Oregon: Good time of year to plant trees, and landscape shrubs.

  • Check stored flower bulbs, fresh vegetables, and fruits for rot and fungus problems. Discard any showing signs of rot.

  • Avoid mounding mulching materials around the bases of trees and shrubs. The mulch might provide cover for rodents.

Gardening Tips

Corn. (Photo by Lynn Ketchum)
Aim for the horticultural grand prize at county fair
Could your spotless peppers or flawless flowers have what it takes to claim the blue ribbon at your county fair this summer?
Sunrose, Helianthemum nummularium. (Photo by Neil Bell)
5 ways to care for your landscape in a dry spell
As the hot summer days approach, you will want to keep an eye on the health of your landscape plants.
Oregon Snowflake. (Photo by Ryan Contreras)
OSU's new flowering currant is ideal for small yards
If you don't have much space to plant shrubs, you'll want to keep an eye out for Oregon Snowflake, a new flowering currant developed by Oregon State University that is smaller than other currants.
Chile peppers. (Photo by Lynn Ketchum)
Spice up your garden with the perfect pepper
If you've become exasperated trying to make peppers thrive in Oregon's short-lived growing season, don't give up hope just yet.
A bumble bee pollinates a flower. (Photo by Lynn Ketchum)
12 plants to entice pollinators to your garden
Consider adding some flower power to your landscape to bring in the buzz of pollinators to your garden.

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

I'd like to mix more sand into my soil to help break up the clay. If I collect sand from an ocean beach, should I be worried about too much salt in the sand and it impacting my soil? If I were to use the beach sand for another project like a base for setting paving stones, would I be introducing a large amount of sodium?
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