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 August

  • Clean and fertilize strawberry beds.

  • First week: If necessary, second spray for peach tree borer and/or peach twig borer.

  • Willamette Valley: Corn may need protection from earworm. Spray new silks with appropriate pesticides if necessary.

Gardening Tips

Avoid horticultural heartache by choosing disease-resistant varieties
Planting resistant garden plant varieties is best way to control disease.
It is time to get those green beans in the ground
Get those bean seeds in the ground.
How to coax heat-loving eggplants into bearing in Oregon
How to coax heat-loving eggplants into bearing in cooler Oregon summers
Is this your year to enter your produce at the county fair?
Hints for entering produce at the county fair.
What are the nutrient values of organic fertilizers?
Here’s how you can learn what the N-P-K ratings of common organic fertilizers and cover crops.

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

Aug. 23, 2014 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Master Gardener DEMONSTRATION GARDEN at Yaquina Bay Lighthouse Garden in Newport.  Tour this coastal edible …
Aug. 24, 2014 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Master Gardeners will be on hand for a COMPOST DEMONSTRATION as well as a FOOD …
Oct. 11, 2014 (all day)
"Go Garden"... Saturday, October 11 from 9AM-2:30PM, two Master Gardeners, Mary Jacobs and Jordan Dawn, …
Oct. 22, 2014 9:00am - Oct. 23, 2014 5:00pm
Lear practical information to create sustainable/green/ecological landscapes. Participants will learn to utilize landscape practices that …
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