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 February

  • Repair winter damage to trees and shrubs.

  • Western Oregon: Good time to plant new roses.

  • Fertilize rhubarb with manure or a complete fertilizer.

Gardening Tips

Feed wild birds responsibly this winter
Long, cold winter nights can be hard on wild birds.
Give houseplants TLC in winter
Now that winter is on the way, there's more time to pay attention to your houseplants.
Male hobo spider. Photo courtesy National Park Service.
Hobo spiders search for mates in the fall
Hobo spiders come indoors in the fall.
Hints for storing home grown spuds
How to harvest and store your potatoes to make them last longer.
How to minimize winter cold damage to lawns
Lawns can take a beating in the winter both east and west of the Oregon Cascades, and strategies to minimize cold damage vary in each region.

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 will be planting blueberries in 18 inch tall 4x8 raised beds. I plan to use this as my basic soil: (pH 6-6.5) 30% Native Screened Sandy Loam 40% Garden Compost 5% Power Mulch 5% Mushroom Compost 20% Horticultural Pumice. How can I transform this basic soil to make it perfect for blueberries? I am thinking of taking the basic soil and combining it with equal parts douglas fir bark. Or do you think I should leave the basic soil as it is and just add sulphur? Or something else... what is the perfect soil to place in the raised beds?

Upcoming Events

Mar. 02, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Mar. 06, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Benton County Master Gardener board meeting
Apr. 03, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Benton County Master Gardener board meeting
Apr. 06, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
May. 01, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Benton County Master Gardener board meeting
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