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

  • Yard sanitation: rake leaves, cut and remove withered stalks of perennial flowers, mulch flowerbeds, and hoe or pull winter weeds.

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

  • Check stored flower bulbs, fresh vegetables, and fruits for rot and fungus problems. Discard any showing signs of rot.

Gardening Tips

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).
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.

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?
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