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

  • Check leafy vegetables for caterpillars. Pick off caterpillars as they appear. Use Bt-k, if necessary.

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

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

Gardening Tips

How to keep butterfly bush from spreading noxiously
Butterfly bush, or Buddleia, can be a very aggressive non-native plant that, in certain situations, can overtake native vegetation. Take care to cut blossoms off in the fall.
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.

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

Why are some of our cucumbers bitter? We have to peel quite a bit off to get to the sweet meat and even after doing that they are still sometimes bitter.
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