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 October

  • Rake and destroy diseased leaves (apple, cherry, rose, etc.), or hot compost diseased leaves.

  • Place mulch over roots of roses, azaleas, rhododendrons and berries for winter protection.

  • Dig and divide rhubarb. (Should be done about every 4 years.)

Gardening Tips

Camellias--Prune after spring bloom
Is your camellia looking a little bedraggled?
Force flowering shrub branches to bloom indoors
Create an early springtime indoors by bringing in branches of flowering shrubs and forcing them into early bloom.
Give rhododendrons and azaleas an annual check-up each spring
Spring is time to care for rhodies.
Plant these flowers for scented summer evenings
Plant these flowers for scented summer evenings.
Plant in spring for summer and fall color with water wise flowering perennials
Grow these water-efficient summer and fall-blooming perennials.

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

What is wrong with my red potatoes? The Yukon Golds from the same soil were perfect.

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