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

  • Monitor landscape plants for problems. Don't treat unless a problem is identified.

  • Western Oregon: Moss in lawn may mean too much shade or poor drainage. Modify site conditions if moss is bothersome.

  • Protect sensitive plants such as weeping figs from cold drafts in the house.

Gardening Tips

Wait for soil to warm up to plant cukes
Wait until your soil warms up about 70 degrees to plant cucumbers.
Enjoy the pleasures of home-grown tomatoes
As the song goes, "there's only two things that money can't buy, and that's true love and home-grown tomatoes."
'Legend' tomato is big, early and late blight resistant
OSU vegetable breeders have developed a large, late blight resistant, yet early bearing tomato called “Legend.”
Basil is the fragrant king of herbs
Basil is as beautiful as it is useful.
Plant heat-loving eggplants in May or June
The best time to plant young eggplant starts out in the garden in Oregon is mid-May (warmer parts of the state) to mid-June (cooler parts of the state).

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

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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