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

  • Prepare and prime irrigation system for summer.

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

  • Control slugs with bait or traps and by removing or mowing vegetation near garden plots.

Gardening Tips

Add organic matter to improve garden soils
Adding organic matter is the best way to improve nearly all kinds of soils.
OSU recommends vegetable varieties for 2010
Vegetable varieties recommended for local growing
Interplanting becoming common again
Interplanting returns
How to sprout seedlings to life indoors
Planting and watching garden seeds spring to life on a greenhouse bench is one of the most rewarding events in a gardener's year.
Flowering plants make colorful winters
Add color to winter with flowering plants.

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

Given the recent news on emissions of heavy metals in Portland, I'm looking for information on which vegetables take up these pollutants from the soil. What else should I be concerned about?
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