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 October

  • Dig and store geraniums, tuberous begonias, dahlias, and gladiolas.

  • Central/Eastern Oregon: Prune evergreens.

  • Harvest sunflower heads; use seed for birdseed or roast for personal use.

Gardening Tips

Home-heating energy sources and their costs
Home-heating energy sources information available
Learn how to make worm compost bins
Linn County Master Gardener gives advice on how to make worm compost bins.
How to help your homegrown caneberries bear more fruit
Homegrown raspberries and blackberries will stay healthy and bear more fruit with these few simple chores.
When to pick and how to ripen pears to perfection
A freshly picked pear is probably not ready to eat.
Scotch broom is beautiful, but noxious
Scotch broom is noxious in Pacific Northwest

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

Hello. I had considered taking the MG program years ago but was told you folks advocate the use of Miracle Gro and other synthetic chemicals. I'm wondering whether or not this is true? Unless the MG practice is one of a strictly organic approach, I won't bother; but if the rumor is false, and you folks are recommending no chemicals, I'd love to sign up.
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