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 January

  • Propagate split-leaf philodendrons and other leggy indoor plants by air-layering or vegetative cuttings.

  • Plant dwarf annual flowers inside for houseplants, including coleus, impatiens, and seedling geraniums.

  • Keep a garden journal. Consult your journal in the winter, so you can better plan for the growing season.

Gardening Tips

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.
What are the nutrient values of organic fertilizers?
Here’s how you can learn what the N-P-K ratings of common organic fertilizers and cover crops.

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?

Upcoming Events

Jan. 26, 2015 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Learn about climate change science, transportation options, energy conservation, sustainable food systems, waste reduction, water …
Feb. 07, 2015 8:00am - 5:00pm
Insights Into Gardening is a day-long seminar offering practical, hands-on learning for home gardeners and …
Mar. 14, 2015 8:15am - 4:00pm
Spring into Gardening Educational Seminars.  8 topics to choose from.  A buffet lunch is included …
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