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 of filbert trees for filbertworm.

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

  • Oregon Coast: Plant spinach.

Gardening Tips

How to keep your housebound ferns healthy
Here are some tips to keep your housebound ferns healthy.
Winter is a good time to get garden soil analyzed
Testing your soil in winter will help let you know what nutrients your soil needs, so you will be able to plan your fertilizer program before the planting season begins later in the spring.
Management of Black Walnut Decline is too early to define
Cutting trees to manage Black Walnut Decline may be premature
Spring bulbs provide indoor winter color
Forcing spring bulbs requires planning to get blooms in the winter.
A more tolerant approach to moss, lichen and algae
Modern approach to managing lichen, moss and algae is more tolerant than traditional.

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. 20, 2014 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Tour the Master Gardener DEMONSTRATION GARDEN  at Oregon Coast Community College in South Beach area, …
Aug. 21, 2014 10:00am - 12:00pm
Tour a local Master Gardener's NATIVE GARDEN in Newport.  RSVP REQUIRED.  CALL FOR LOCATION. Lincoln …
Aug. 21, 2014 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Learn about the wide variety of options to extend the vegetable growing season in fall …
Aug. 22, 2014 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Learn from a Master Gardener about ADAPTIVE GARDENING.  This event will be held at Oceanview …
Aug. 23, 2014 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Master Gardener DEMONSTRATION GARDEN at Yaquina Bay Lighthouse Garden in Newport.  Tour this coastal edible …
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