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 May

  • Trap moles and gophers as new mounds appear.

  • Prepare and prime irrigation system for summer.

  • Plant chrysanthemums for fall color.

Gardening Tips

Lettuce
Keep it growing – plant fall and winter vegetables in July
In mild parts of western Oregon and along most of the coast, it is possible to grow a succession of garden vegetables throughout most of the year. Gardeners can extend the season well into fall in many parts of the Pacific Northwest with a little knowledge and protection of their plants from the elements.
Buckwheat
Buckwheat makes a good summer cover crop for gardens
Need a summer cover crop to add nutrients to your garden's soil? Try planting buckwheat.
Mossy roof
Prevent water pollution when treating a mossy roof
Many people pay more attention than usual to their roofs in the summer and fall as trees overhang, leaves pile up and fall rains are just around the corner.
Green Lacewing
Questions and answers on pest management from OSU experts
What to do about garden pests, including insects, plant diseases and weeds, can be a challenge for gardeners who want to effectively manage the pests without damage to the environment and human health.
cloche
Lengthen growing season by building a coldframe or cloche
Construction materials can include fiberglass, wood, wire, plastic and PVC hoops.

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 the threat of frost past for planting in the Willamette Valley?

Upcoming Events

May. 02, 2015 9:00am - May. 03, 2015 4:00pm
31st Spring Garden Fair hosted by the Clackamas County Master Gardeners   Saturday, May 2  9:00 …
May. 05, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
What We'll Cover: Learn the latest on establishing, renovating and maintaining turf that meets your …
May. 11, 2015 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Ann Detweiler will present information on the care, culture, and varieties of hardy fuchsias.  Not …
May. 12, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
What We'll Cover: Tomato Planting 101 Basic class on planting and sharing tips and ideas …
May. 14, 2015 10:00am - 11:30am
What We'll Cover: Most acclimated to our region Provide habitat Disease resistance Cleanse our water …
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