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 March

  • Lawn mowing: Set blade at 0.75 to 1 inch for bentgrass lawns; 1.5 to 2.5 inches for bluegrasses, fine fescues, and ryegrasses.

  • Trim or shear heather when bloom period is finished.

  • Monitor landscape plants for problems. Don't treat unless a problem is identified.

Gardening Tips

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
Over tilling can compact soil
Garden soil can be over tilled.
Extend vegetable growing with succession planting
Vegetables can be grown into the fall and winter
Winter cover crops build garden soils
Winter cover crops build organic matter

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 will be planting blueberries in 18 inch tall 4x8 raised beds. I plan to use this as my basic soil: (pH 6-6.5) 30% Native Screened Sandy Loam 40% Garden Compost 5% Power Mulch 5% Mushroom Compost 20% Horticultural Pumice. How can I transform this basic soil to make it perfect for blueberries? I am thinking of taking the basic soil and combining it with equal parts douglas fir bark. Or do you think I should leave the basic soil as it is and just add sulphur? Or something else... what is the perfect soil to place in the raised beds?

Upcoming Events

Apr. 03, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Benton County Master Gardener board meeting
Apr. 06, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Apr. 29, 2017 9:00am - Apr. 30, 2017 2:00pm
The Yamhill County Master Gardeners Association and the Yamhill County OSU Extension Service are pleased …
May. 01, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Benton County Master Gardener board meeting
May. 04, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
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