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 December

  • Turn the compost pile and protect from heavy rains, if necessary.

  • Central/Eastern Oregon: Water your plants every 6 to 8 weeks with a deep soaking to prevent drying out.

  • Check stored flower bulbs, fresh vegetables, and fruits for rot and fungus problems. Discard any showing signs of rot.

Gardening Tips

Backyard chickens becoming popular
It's fairly easy and inexpensive to raise backyard chickens.
Early fall color in deciduous trees may indicate trouble
Deciduous trees that show yellow, red or purple leaves in the early fall may be a symptom of stress
Late summer is a great time to plant more cilantro
Late summer is a great time to plant cilantro.
Autumn mulching will protect soil and prevent spring weed infestations
Discourage uninvited animal guests from making themselves too cozy.
Tired of bolting spinach? Plant while soil is cool.
Plant spinach when soil is cool, then other heat-tolerant greens in the 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 have several acres of land out near Elmira, Oregon and within that area there was a substantial amount of established poison oak when we purchased the property. I have been digging it out, including the roots, as much as I can. The remainder of our yard waste here ends up in a burn pile, but I'm hesitant to burn the large quantites of poison oak that I'm accumulating. Is there a safe period of time after poison oak has been dug up that the oils have disolved and its ok to burn? Or how else can it be disposed of it?

Upcoming Events

Dec. 05, 2016 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Benton County Master Gardener board meeting
Dec. 06, 2016 7:15am - 8:15am
Guest speaker: Steve Schreiner from Schreiner’s Iris Gardens Schreiner’s Iris Gardens, in the heart of the …
Jan. 02, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Benton County Master Gardener board meeting
Jan. 05, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Jan. 23, 2017 (all day)
The online Master Gardener course is being revised, and will relaunch in January of 2017.  …
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