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 August

  • Western Valleys, Portland, Roseburg, Medford: Plant cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, spinach, turnips, and parsnips.

  • Fertilize cucumbers, summer squash, and broccoli to maintain production while you continue harvesting.

  • Willamette Valley: Corn may need protection from earworm. Spray new silks with appropriate pesticides if necessary.

Gardening Tips

How to keep butterfly bush from spreading noxiously
Butterfly bush, or Buddleia, can be a very aggressive non-native plant that, in certain situations, can overtake native vegetation. Take care to cut blossoms off in the fall.
These ornamentals can be much too successful in Oregon
Some ornamentals are much too “successful.”
English ivy is an invasive weed in Pacific Northwest
English ivy can completely engulf shrubs and encircles tree trunks of all sizes, leaving nothing uncovered.
Oregon’s noxious weed puncturevine seeds are vicious
Puncturevine seeds can give your bike tire a flat.
Aggressive Japanese knotweed requires persistence to eradicate
Japanese knotweed is a botanical bully in western Oregon, Washington and British Columbia. Here’s how to discourage it.

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

Will my EarthMachine composter work better if it's placed in a sunny part of my yard? Or is a shady place just as good? My friend claims food scraps compost faster when they are warmed up by sunlight (meaning the bacteria would be more active if warmer).

Upcoming Events

Oct. 11, 2014 (all day)
"Go Garden"... Saturday, October 11 from 9AM-2:30PM, two Master Gardeners, Mary Jacobs and Jordan Dawn, …
Oct. 22, 2014 9:00am - Oct. 23, 2014 5:00pm
Lear practical information to create sustainable/green/ecological landscapes. Participants will learn to utilize landscape practices that …
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