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. 

Things to do in February

  • Central Oregon: Gather branches of quince, forsythia, and flowering cherries; bring indoors to force early bloom.

  • Western Oregon: Good time to plant new roses.

  • Plant seed flats of cole crops (cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts), indoors or in a greenhouse.

Gardening Tips

Autumn mulching will protect soil and prevent spring weed infestations
Discourage uninvited animal guests from making themselves too cozy.
Tired of bolting spinach? Plant while soil is cool.
Plant spinach when soil is cool, then other heat-tolerant greens in the summer.
OSU Extension offers guidelines for freezing garden produce
Freezing is one of the simplest and least time consuming methods of preservation.
The biology behind autumn colors
Autumn leaves are the grand finale of the growing season. What creates all that color?
Bidding farewell to the dreaded bindweed
Be prepared to pull out or plow up all your field bindweed for at least three years if you want to avoid using herbicides.

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

Do you have published, current, projected , research in the effects of charcoal amendment to agricultural soils/forest soils?

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