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 October

  • Remove and dispose of windfall apples that might be harboring apple maggot or codling moth larvae.

  • Clean and paint greenhouses and cold frames for plant storage and winter growth.

  • Harvest and store apples; keep at about 40°F, moderate humidity.

Gardening Tips

Bidding farewell to the dreaded bindweed
Be prepared to pull out or plow up all your field bindweed for at least three years if you want to avoid using herbicides.
Moles drive gardeners crazy but do good too
Moles play a beneficial role in the environment, but they also drive gardeners crazy.
Do a good deed and do not feed the wildlife in your yard
Feeding wild animals interferes with their ability to provide for themselves.
How to make your garden more bird-friendly
How to make your garden more bird-friendly.
How to help Oregon's native western gray squirrel
Here’s some advice from the OSU Extension Wildlife Stewardship Program about how to maintain and create habitat for declining populations of native western gray squirrels.

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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