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 May

  • Trap moles and gophers as new mounds appear.

  • Control slugs with bait or traps and by removing or mowing vegetation near garden plots.

  • Plant chrysanthemums for fall color.

Gardening Tips

These ornamentals can be much too successful in Oregon
Some ornamentals are much too “successful.”
English ivy is an invasive weed in Pacific Northwest
English ivy can completely engulf shrubs and encircles tree trunks of all sizes, leaving nothing uncovered.
Oregon’s noxious weed puncturevine seeds are vicious
Puncturevine seeds can give your bike tire a flat.
Aggressive Japanese knotweed requires persistence to eradicate
Japanese knotweed is a botanical bully in western Oregon, Washington and British Columbia. Here’s how to discourage it.
Look out for prickly Paterson's Curse in wildflower seed mixes
Be on the lookout for prickly Paterson's Curse in wildflower seed mixes.

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

Is the threat of frost past for planting in the Willamette Valley?

Upcoming Events

May. 30, 2015 (all day)
The third annual National Get Outdoors Day event will be held on Saturday May 30th, …
Jun. 06, 2015 10:00am - 3:30pm
Are you ready to take your vegetable gardening to the next level?  Learn important concepts …
Jun. 09, 2015 9:30am - 11:00am
What We'll Cover: Learn strategies and techniques so you may continue to garden without injury. …
Jun. 13, 2015 10:00am - 3:30pm
Fruit Tree Care - Summer Thinking of growing your own fruit trees at home? Already …
Jun. 25, 2015 10:00am - 11:30am
What We'll Cover: Most acclimated to our region Provide habitat Disease resistance Cleanse our water …
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