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

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

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

  • Yard sanitation: rake leaves, cut and remove withered stalks of perennial flowers, mulch flowerbeds, and hoe or pull winter weeds.

Gardening Tips

Make sure to give giant pumpkins room to spread. (Photo by Jim Myers)
Secrets of monster pumpkin growers revealed
Halloween may be months away but if you are hoping to grow monster pumpkins, now is the time to start planting.
The hand method of soil texture analysis. (Photo by Lynn Ketchum)
Know your soil before you plant
If you want to grow better plants, you first need to understand the texture of your soil.
Plant blueberries in the spring. (Photo by Lynn Ketchum)
Acidic soil gives new blueberries a boost
Plant blueberries now for a great crop of sweet, healthful fruit in the future.
Pear scab can attack pear trees. (Photo by Lynn Ketchum)
April showers could bring fungus to fruit trees
As the blossoms fade in your apple and pear trees this spring, keep an eye out for a fungus that flourishes in warm, wet weather, cautions the Oregon State University Extension Service.
"Charm," a new June-bearing strawberry. (Photo by Chad Finn)
Plant strawberries and boost your health
From strawberry jam to fruit salad, nothing says summer quite like the succulent strawberry.

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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