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 February

  • Incorporate cover crops or other organic matter into soil.

  • Western Oregon: Monitor for European crane fly and treat lawns if damage has been verified.

  • Control moles and gophers with traps.

Gardening Tips

Going native in the garden is earth-friendly
Native plants help wildlife and protect natural resources.
OSU pub tells how to start woody evergreens from cuttings
Ambitious home gardeners might want to try to grow their own evergreen plants from cuttings, with the help of an Oregon State University Extension Service publication.
OSU pub offers info on deer-resistant landscape plants
Home gardeners often have a "love-hate" relationship with deer.
Look out for fruit tree pests in early summer
If you have any fruit trees, you should be on the lookout for the cherry fruit fly, apple maggot and the codling moth in early summer.
OSU guide helps with choosing woody landscape plants
The Oregon State University Extension Service offers a 60-page guide, "Plant Materials for Landscaping," to help home gardeners choose among the dizzying array of trees, shrubs and other woody plants available in nurseries.

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 have chopped down blackberry canes into fairly small pieces in my back yard, The area is a fair size. Can I leave them on the ground, or can these pieces of cane resprout. I'm not interested in using any kind of chemicals. If I dig up the roots, is it possible to smother the blackberries by covering them with heavy black plastic? Or is that a waste of time. I realize blackberries are very difficult to remove.

Upcoming Events

Feb. 08, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm
What constitutes a native plant for gardeners in the Portland metro region? Native to North …
Feb. 25, 2016 8:30am - Mar. 12, 2016 4:00pm
The Yamhill County Master Gardeners Association and the Yamhill County OSU Extension Service are pleased …
Mar. 12, 2016 (all day)
A total of 8 seminars presented with various topics relating to landscaping in the yard …
Apr. 30, 2016 9:00am - 3:00pm
Annual Plant Sale and Fair presented by the Yamhill County Master Gardener Assn.. Thousands of …
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