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 October

  • Trim or stake bushy herbaceous perennials to prevent wind damage.

  • If needed, improve soil drainage needs of lawns before rain begins.

  • Harvest sunflower heads; use seed for birdseed or roast for personal use.

Gardening Tips

Does your garden soil have enough organic matter?
Many problems in home gardens stem from lack of organic matter in the soil.
Here's the scoop on chemical and organic fertilizers
The scoop on organic vs. chemical fertilizers.
For amphibians' sake, be careful with fertilizer
How to help eliminate risk of exposure of amphibians to nitrogen-based compounds. Be careful with fertilizer.
Gardeners can be citizen scientists with Project Budburst
Here’s how to help scientists track climate change in "Project BudBurst."
How to recognize, treat and avoid lilac bacterial blight
Blackened, wilted shoots on lilac mean trouble.

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

What is wrong with my red potatoes? The Yukon Golds from the same soil were perfect.

Upcoming Events

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