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 December

  • Western Oregon: Good time of year to plant trees, and landscape shrubs.

  • Central/Eastern Oregon: Water your plants every 6 to 8 weeks with a deep soaking to prevent drying out.

  • Monitor spruce trees for spruce aphids. Treat if present in large numbers. Read and follow pesticide label directions.

Gardening Tips

There are alternatives to the dangers of mothballs
Mothballs are a pesticide that can be harmful to people and animals, but alternatives exist.
How to safely control codling moths in home orchards
Least-toxic alternative control methods are available for controlling codling moths.
Feed wild birds responsibly this winter
Long, cold winter nights can be hard on wild birds.
Give houseplants TLC in winter
Now that winter is on the way, there's more time to pay attention to your houseplants.
Male hobo spider. Photo courtesy National Park Service.
Hobo spiders search for mates in the fall
Hobo spiders come indoors in the fall.

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

We have several acres of land out near Elmira, Oregon and within that area there was a substantial amount of established poison oak when we purchased the property. I have been digging it out, including the roots, as much as I can. The remainder of our yard waste here ends up in a burn pile, but I'm hesitant to burn the large quantites of poison oak that I'm accumulating. Is there a safe period of time after poison oak has been dug up that the oils have disolved and its ok to burn? Or how else can it be disposed of it?

Upcoming Events

Dec. 06, 2016 7:15am - 8:15am
Guest speaker: Steve Schreiner from Schreiner’s Iris Gardens Schreiner’s Iris Gardens, in the heart of the …
Dec. 16, 2016 (all day)
Apply now for the 2017 Polk County Master Gardener training class! Application deadline is December …
Dec. 19, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Jan. 02, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Benton County Master Gardener board meeting
Jan. 05, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
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