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 January

  • Western Oregon: Moss in lawn may mean too much shade or poor drainage. Modify site conditions if moss is bothersome.

  • Reapply or redistribute mulch that has blown or washed away during winter.

  • Place windbreaks to protect sensitive landscape evergreens against cold, drying winds.

Gardening Tips

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.
How to help robins through the winter in your yard and garden
The robin has declined in Oregon over the past few decades, at a rate of about 1.5 percent per year. Here are some hints on how to help these underappreciated birds through the winter.
Mediterranean gardening has many benefits
Mediterranean gardening uses plants that are able to store the moisture they need in the winter and survive and even thrive through the summer without irrigation.
Lighting important in photographing nature
Lighting is important in photographing plants in the garden and nature.
Backyard chickens becoming popular
It's fairly easy and inexpensive to raise backyard chickens.

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'm an urban rental dweller--West Portland--whose elderly landlords would rather deal with issues with the house rather than the yard, on which grass seed that I've bought does not grow; the soil is depleted and I can't really afford to pay for bag after bag of compost or fertilizer (it's a pretty big lot). So after a little research I read about the endangered Oregon Kinkaid's Lupine and am wondering if that could be planted here for a few years to enrich the soil and grow harvestable seeds for others to grow. I doubt the landlords nor the neighbors would object, given that the yard is mostly moss and dandelions now. Any merit to the idea?  

Upcoming Events

Jan. 23, 2017 (all day)
The online Master Gardener course is being revised, and will relaunch in January of 2017.  …
Jan. 25, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Professor emeritus, Ross Penhallegon has more than 50 years of orchard management experience—come learn from …
Feb. 02, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Feb. 06, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Benton County Master Gardener board meeting
Feb. 11, 2017 (all day)
What: Insights into Gardening is a day-long seminar hosted by Benton County Master Gardeners.  Whether …
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