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 February

  • Repair winter damage to trees and shrubs.

  • Western Oregon: Good time to plant new roses.

  • Plant windowsill container gardens of carrots, lettuce, or parsley.

Gardening Tips

Male hobo spider. Photo courtesy National Park Service.
Hobo spiders search for mates in the fall
Hobo spiders come indoors in the fall.
Hints for storing home grown spuds
How to harvest and store your potatoes to make them last longer.
How to minimize winter cold damage to lawns
Lawns can take a beating in the winter both east and west of the Oregon Cascades, and strategies to minimize cold damage vary in each region.
How to help robins through the winter in your yard and garden
The robin has declined in Oregon over the past few decades, at a rate of about 1.5 percent per year. Here are some hints on how to help these underappreciated birds through the winter.
Mediterranean gardening has many benefits
Mediterranean gardening uses plants that are able to store the moisture they need in the winter and survive and even thrive through the summer without irrigation.

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 have chopped down blackberry canes into fairly small pieces in my back yard, The area is a fair size. Can I leave them on the ground, or can these pieces of cane resprout. I'm not interested in using any kind of chemicals. If I dig up the roots, is it possible to smother the blackberries by covering them with heavy black plastic? Or is that a waste of time. I realize blackberries are very difficult to remove.

Upcoming Events

Feb. 08, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm
What constitutes a native plant for gardeners in the Portland metro region? Native to North …
Feb. 25, 2016 8:30am - Mar. 12, 2016 4:00pm
The Yamhill County Master Gardeners Association and the Yamhill County OSU Extension Service are pleased …
Mar. 12, 2016 (all day)
A total of 8 seminars presented with various topics relating to landscaping in the yard …
Apr. 30, 2016 9:00am - 3:00pm
Annual Plant Sale and Fair presented by the Yamhill County Master Gardener Assn.. Thousands of …
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