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 January

  • Place windbreaks to protect sensitive landscape evergreens against cold, drying winds.

  • Monitor houseplants for correct water and fertilizer; guard against insect infestations; clean dust from leaves.

  • Propagate split-leaf philodendrons and other leggy indoor plants by air-layering or vegetative cuttings.

Gardening Tips

Aggressive Japanese knotweed requires persistence to eradicate
Japanese knotweed is a botanical bully in western Oregon, Washington and British Columbia. Here’s how to discourage it.
Look out for prickly Paterson's Curse in wildflower seed mixes
Be on the lookout for prickly Paterson's Curse in wildflower seed mixes.
Gorgeous yellow iris is ecological threat to PNW wetlands
Gorgeous yellow iris Is ecological threat to PNW wetlands
Harvest baby ears from your corn patch
Field, regular, sugary enhanced or super sweet corn varieties all work great for baby corn.
It's best to start cukes, squash and pumpkins in containers
To have a much easier time germinating cucumbers, squash and pumpkins, start these seeds in containers, rather than in cold garden soil.

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'd like to mix more sand into my soil to help break up the clay. If I collect sand from an ocean beach, should I be worried about too much salt in the sand and it impacting my soil? If I were to use the beach sand for another project like a base for setting paving stones, would I be introducing a large amount of sodium?

Upcoming Events

Jan. 26, 2015 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Learn about climate change science, transportation options, energy conservation, sustainable food systems, waste reduction, water …
Feb. 07, 2015 8:00am - 5:00pm
Insights Into Gardening is a day-long seminar offering practical, hands-on learning for home gardeners and …
Mar. 14, 2015 8:15am - 4:00pm
Spring into Gardening Educational Seminars.  8 topics to choose from.  A buffet lunch is included …
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