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 November

  • Check firewood for insect infestations. Burn affected wood first and don't store inside.

  • Rake and compost leaves that are free of diseases and insects. Use mulches to prevent erosion and compaction from rain.

  • Trim chrysanthemums to 4 to 6 inches after they finish blooming.

Gardening Tips

Backyard chickens becoming popular
It's fairly easy and inexpensive to raise backyard chickens.
There's still time to plant greens, garlic, cover crops
There's still time in late September into October to plant some cool season veggies and cover crops in the milder areas of Oregon.
Early fall color in deciduous trees may indicate trouble
Deciduous trees that show yellow, red or purple leaves in the early fall may be a symptom of stress
Plant cover crops to protect and nourish soil
Plant cover crops in late summer or early fall to protect and nourish soil.
Late summer is a great time to plant more cilantro
Late summer is a great time to plant cilantro.

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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