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 July

  • Mulch to conserve soil moisture with paper, plastic, sawdust, etc.

  • Monitor camellias, holly, and maple trees for scale insects. Treat if necessary.

  • Check leafy vegetables for caterpillars. Pick off caterpillars as they appear. Use Bt-k, if necessary.

Gardening Tips

Brown marmorated stink bug
Brown marmorated stink bugs head indoors for winter
Gardens get more damage as number of insects grows
Bulbs in pots.
Spring-blooming bulbs grow well in pots
Tulips, daffodils and other bulbs will put on a pretty display when planted in containers
Indigo Cherry Drops
OSU Master Gardeners grow grafted vegetables at The Oregon Garden
Demonstration garden draws public interest in new type of vegetables
Lettuce
Eat fresh salad throughout fall and winter by planting greens now
Summer may be over, but that doesn't mean you've got to put your garden to bed
Hebes
Hebes provide fall and winter color
If you like to prolong color in your landscapes through the summer and into the fall, consider planting evergreen shrubs called Hebes (pronounced HEE-bees) for vivid color in both flowers and foliage during summer and fall.

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

Is this true or is it a myth? Male peppers have 3 bumps and female peppers have 4 bumps. Female peppers are full of seeds but are sweeter and better for eating raw. Males are better for cooking?

Upcoming Events

Jul. 24, 2015 6:00pm - 9:00pm
The Food Innovation Center invites you to join us for the first ever Pop-Up dinner. Come celebrate Oregon’s summer …
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