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 July

  • Check leafy vegetables for caterpillars. Pick off caterpillars as they appear. Use Bt-k, if necessary.

  • Place traps to catch adult apple maggot flies. You can use pheromone traps to monitor presence of pests.

  • Mound soil up around base of potatoes. Gather and eat a few "new" potatoes from each hill, when plants begin to flower.

Gardening Tips

Coffee grounds perk up compost pile with nitrogen
Let java jolt your compost pile
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.

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

Jul. 31, 2014 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Learn efficient watering techniques to create a more sustainable environment in your own yard.  The …
Aug. 07, 2014 6:30pm - 8:30pm
 This class will cover the (a) encouragement and identification of native pollinators in gardens, and …
Aug. 19, 2014 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Learn how to grow medicianal and edible herbs in the home garden with Master Gardener …
Aug. 21, 2014 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Learn about the wide variety of options to extend the vegetable growing season in fall …
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