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 August

  • Columbia and Snake River Valleys, Ontario: Plant Chinese cabbage, and endive.

  • Monitor garden irrigation closely so crops and ornamentals don't dry out.

  • First week: If necessary, second spray for peach tree borer and/or peach twig borer.

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

Will my EarthMachine composter work better if it's placed in a sunny part of my yard? Or is a shady place just as good? My friend claims food scraps compost faster when they are warmed up by sunlight (meaning the bacteria would be more active if warmer).

Upcoming Events

Aug. 21, 2014 10:00am - 12:00pm
Tour a local Master Gardener's NATIVE GARDEN in Newport.  RSVP REQUIRED.  CALL FOR LOCATION. Lincoln …
Aug. 21, 2014 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Learn about the wide variety of options to extend the vegetable growing season in fall …
Aug. 22, 2014 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Learn from a Master Gardener about ADAPTIVE GARDENING.  This event will be held at Oceanview …
Aug. 23, 2014 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Master Gardener DEMONSTRATION GARDEN at Yaquina Bay Lighthouse Garden in Newport.  Tour this coastal edible …
Aug. 24, 2014 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Master Gardeners will be on hand for a COMPOST DEMONSTRATION as well as a FOOD …
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