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

  • Leafrolling worms may affect apples and blueberries. Prune off and destroy affected leaves.

  • Plant chrysanthemums for fall color.

  • Trap moles and gophers as new mounds appear.

Gardening Tips

How to help Oregon's native western gray squirrel
Here’s some advice from the OSU Extension Wildlife Stewardship Program about how to maintain and create habitat for declining populations of native western gray squirrels.
Going native in the garden is earth-friendly
Native plants help wildlife and protect natural resources.
OSU pub tells how to start woody evergreens from cuttings
Ambitious home gardeners might want to try to grow their own evergreen plants from cuttings, with the help of an Oregon State University Extension Service publication.
OSU pub offers info on deer-resistant landscape plants
Home gardeners often have a "love-hate" relationship with deer.
Look out for fruit tree pests in early summer
If you have any fruit trees, you should be on the lookout for the cherry fruit fly, apple maggot and the codling moth in early summer.

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

We hear about adding coffee grounds to garden soil. What are the benefits?
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