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

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

  • Plant chrysanthemums for fall color.

  • Trap moles and gophers as new mounds appear.

Gardening Tips

Plant native Oregon shrubs now
Time to plant native Oregon shrubs
OSU-recommended vegetable varieties for 2009
Results of 2008 vegetable variety trials at Oregon State University.
The secret life of soil
A jungle of minute creatures are found in healthy soil.
Make your own potting soil
Typical backyard soil is too compacted and full of weed seeds and not good for starting seedlings.
How to grow a tree on your patio
Grow a tree on your patio or porch

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?

Upcoming Events

May. 06, 2016 9:00am - 4:00pm
More Space, All Favorites, New, Rare & Unusual Plants Featured at Polk County Master Gardener's …
May. 07, 2016 (all day)
Fat Dog Farms will be hosting their annual garden market sale and open house on …
May. 07, 2016 (all day)
The Curry County Master Gardeners will be having their annual plant sale on Saturday, May …
May. 07, 2016 9:00am - 4:00pm
Enjoy this once a year Plant & Garden Expo in Roseburg. You'll find: Plants, Trees, …
May. 07, 2016 9:00am - 2:00pm
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