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

  • Dig spring bulbs when tops have died down; divide and store or replant.

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

  • Stake tall-growing flowering plants such as delphinium, hollyhocks, and lupine. Stake tomatoes, as necessary.

Gardening Tips

Learn to be more self sufficient--save your own garden seeds
The upcoming Y2K or "millennium bug" has people thinking about self sufficiency.
How to tell when your apples are ripe
The most important factors affecting the time of maturity of apples are variety, growing district and the type of growing season it was during the current crop year.
Autumn is a good time to plant new trees and shrubs
Autumn can be a good time to plant a new tree. The OSU Extension Service offers a publication to help.
Invest in the future. Plant a tree.
In response to big events - happy or sad - some people plant a tree as a living memorial that will last for generations.
It is time to study up on planting new strawberries
Late fall is not too early to start thinking about what strawberry varieties you may want to plant anew this coming year.

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

Is this true or is it a myth? Male peppers have 3 bumps and female peppers have 4 bumps. Female peppers are full of seeds but are sweeter and better for eating raw. Males are better for cooking?

Upcoming Events

Jul. 24, 2015 6:00pm - 9:00pm
The Food Innovation Center invites you to join us for the first ever Pop-Up dinner. Come celebrate Oregon’s summer …
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