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

  • Plant chrysanthemums for fall color.

  • Trap moles and gophers as new mounds appear.

  • Control slugs with bait or traps and by removing or mowing vegetation near garden plots.

Gardening Tips

OSU guide helps with choosing woody landscape plants
The Oregon State University Extension Service offers a 60-page guide, "Plant Materials for Landscaping," to help home gardeners choose among the dizzying array of trees, shrubs and other woody plants available in nurseries.
OSU pub offers info on mole control
Do you have soft volcanoes of dirt in your yard?
How to control apple scab
Wet weather in April and May builds potential for apple scab, a fungal disease of apples.
OSU offers pub for bug and disease problems in home orchards
Do your apples rot and drop from the tree before maturing?
Learn to be more self sufficient--save your own garden seeds
The upcoming Y2K or "millennium bug" has people thinking about self sufficiency.

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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