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

  • Prepare and prime irrigation system for summer.

  • Plant dahlias, gladioli, and tuberous begonias in mid-May.

  • Control slugs with bait or traps and by removing or mowing vegetation near garden plots.

Gardening Tips

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Spiff up lawns after a tough summer
A one-day renovation will rejuvenate grass
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Extend vegetable crop through fall by planting now
Cool-season plants don't mind chilly nights
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Brew your own beer? Why not grow your own hops?
Tips give home gardeners a good start on growing hops
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Ten low-water, high-impact perennials to beat the heat
Drought-tolerant plants thrive during dry summers
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Ten all-around great shrubs for water-wise gardens
Low-water plants save money, time and help the environment

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

We hear about adding coffee grounds to garden soil. What are the benefits?
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