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 January

  • Western Oregon: Do not walk on lawns until frost has melted.

  • Western Oregon: Moss in lawn may mean too much shade or poor drainage. Modify site conditions if moss is bothersome.

  • Western Oregon: Gather branches of quince, forsythia, and flowering cherries and bring indoors to force an early bloom.

Gardening Tips

Container vegetable gardens good for small spaces
Consider a container garden for small spaces.
Save money by making your own seed starting soil
How to make your own seed starting soil.
Create a garden pond for wildlife
How to create a garden pond to attract wildlife
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.

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?

Upcoming Events

Jan. 26, 2015 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Learn about climate change science, transportation options, energy conservation, sustainable food systems, waste reduction, water …
Feb. 07, 2015 8:00am - 5:00pm
Insights Into Gardening is a day-long seminar offering practical, hands-on learning for home gardeners and …
Mar. 14, 2015 8:15am - 4:00pm
Spring into Gardening Educational Seminars.  8 topics to choose from.  A buffet lunch is included …
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