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 April

  • Help prevent damping off of seedlings by providing adequate ventilation.

  • Write in your garden journal throughout the growing season.

  • Central/Eastern Oregon: If snow mold was a problem, scratch surface. If turf damage is severe, seed with Kentucky bluegrass.

Gardening Tips

Use pliers to form hooks at the ends of the panel. (Photo by Sharon Andrews.)
Help your tomatoes stand tall with a DIY tomato cage
Giving tomato plants a boost can make a difference in the amount of fruit the plant produces, according to Master Gardeners trained by the Oregon State University Extension Service.
Turfgrass (Photo by OSU's EESC)
Two ways to uproot your lawn
Grass lawns are the default for most yards, but a few people realize there are other options, like edible landscaping, a bark dust yard or low-maintenance groundcover.
Fava beans (Photo by Chris LaBelle)
Plan ahead to plant cover crops for healthy garden soil
Cover crops protect the soil from rain, add organic matter to the soil and in some cases add nitrogen to the soil to help plants grow.
Gymnosporangium libocedri (Photo by Jay Pscheidt)
Watch out for rust that can jump from incense cedars to fruit trees
Are globs of bright orange goo attacking both your incense cedar and pear trees? You could be dealing with a potentially devastating fungus known as Pacific coast pear rust.
Sunflower (Photo by Lynn Ketchum)
Easy ways to conserve water in the garden during a dry year
In a dry year, use water wisely, the Oregon State University Extension Service advises.

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

For the last 8-10 yrs I've been good about pruning my climbing rosebush and its has thrived. This year I didn't get to it in February, as I usually do, now it's April and not looking great. Will it harm the bush if I do my usual pruning in April?

Upcoming Events

Apr. 26, 2014 9:00am - 3:00pm
  http://extension.oregonstate.edu/yamhill/yamhill-county-master-gardeners-annual-spring-plant-sale
May. 01, 2014 9:00am - 4:00pm
The Master Food Preserver program trains and certifies volunteers in food safety, food preservation, and …
May. 02, 2014 4:00pm - May. 04, 2014 4:00pm
This year we will have an amazing selection of perennials, annuals, fuchsias, hanging baskets, vegetables, …
May. 03, 2014 - May. 04, 2014 (all day)
CLACKAMAS COUNTY MASTER GARDENERS INVITE YOU JOIN US FOR OUR 30th SPRING GARDEN FAIR. Bringing …
May. 03, 2014 9:00am - 3:00pm
Master Gardener volunteers will be available to pot newly purchased plants into containers that you …
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