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

  • Clean pruners and other small garden tools with rubbing alcohol.

  • Keep a garden journal. Consult your journal in the winter, so you can better plan for the growing season.

  • Begin planning this year’s vegetable garden. Check with local retail garden or nursery stores for seeds and seed catalogs.

Gardening Tips

Does your garden soil have enough organic matter?
Many problems in home gardens stem from lack of organic matter in the soil.
Here's the scoop on chemical and organic fertilizers
The scoop on organic vs. chemical fertilizers.
For amphibians' sake, be careful with fertilizer
How to help eliminate risk of exposure of amphibians to nitrogen-based compounds. Be careful with fertilizer.
Gardeners can be citizen scientists with Project Budburst
Here’s how to help scientists track climate change in "Project BudBurst."
How to recognize, treat and avoid lilac bacterial blight
Blackened, wilted shoots on lilac mean trouble.

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'd like to mix more sand into my soil to help break up the clay. If I collect sand from an ocean beach, should I be worried about too much salt in the sand and it impacting my soil? If I were to use the beach sand for another project like a base for setting paving stones, would I be introducing a large amount of sodium?

Upcoming Events

Feb. 07, 2015 8:00am - 5:00pm
Insights Into Gardening is a day-long seminar offering practical, hands-on learning for home gardeners and …
Mar. 14, 2015 8:15am - 4:00pm
Spring into Gardening Educational Seminars.  8 topics to choose from.  A buffet lunch is included …
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