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 April

  • Cover transplants to protect against late spring frosts.

  • Help prevent damping off of seedlings by providing adequate ventilation.

  • Cut back ornamental grasses to a few inches above the ground, in early spring.

Gardening Tips

A more tolerant approach to moss, lichen and algae
Modern approach to managing lichen, moss and algae is more tolerant than traditional.
Safety important when preserving homemade salsa
Homemade salsa needs to be canned properly to prevent botulism, a severe type of food-borne illness.
Gift plant care through the winter
Sometimes people give landscape plants as holiday gifts. When is the right time to plant that new shrub or tree?
These houseplants flower all year and make great gifts
Extension horticulturist Ross Penhallegon suggests flowering houseplants.
There are alternatives to the dangers of mothballs
Mothballs are a pesticide that can be harmful to people and animals, but alternatives exist.

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

Given the recent news on emissions of heavy metals in Portland, I'm looking for information on which vegetables take up these pollutants from the soil. What else should I be concerned about?

Upcoming Events

Apr. 30, 2016 8:30am - 1:00pm
Corvallis Evening Garden Club's annual plant sale featuring over 2000 plants, primarily ornamental perennials, for …
Apr. 30, 2016 9:00am - 3:00pm
Annual Plant Sale and Fair presented by the Yamhill County Master Gardener Assn.. Thousands of …
Apr. 30, 2016 9:00am - 3:00pm
Plant Sale: vegetable starts, trees, shrubs, roses, native plants, perennials, herbs, berries and hops Silent …
May. 06, 2016 9:00am - 4:00pm
More Space, All Favorites, New, Rare & Unusual Plants Featured at Polk County Master Gardener's …
May. 07, 2016 (all day)
The Curry County Master Gardeners will be having their annual plant sale on Saturday, May …
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