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 September

  • Harvest winter squash when the "ground spot" changes from white to a cream or gold color.

  • Harvest potatoes when the tops die down. Store them in a dark location.

  • Apply parasitic nematodes to moist soil beneath rhododendrons and azaleas that show root weevil damage (notched leaves).

Gardening Tips

Recommended vegetable varieties for 2008
The OSU Extension Service recommends these varieties of vegetables (and melons) for home gardens in 2008.
Go through leftover garden seeds
If garden seeds are kept dry and cool, they last longer than in warmer and more humid conditions.
Less toxic iron phosphate slug bait proves effective
OSU research indicates that the less toxic iron phosphate containing slug baits are as effective as those with metaldehyde.
How to control indoor plant pests without toxic chemicals
Winter is a good time to check indoor plants for pests including mites, thrips, mealybugs, scales, whiteflies and aphids.
Grapes on a vine.
Prune your grape vines heavily in winter
When home gardeners prune their grapes this winter, they should remove the majority of wood produced the previous season. About 90 percent is pruned off.

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

Will my EarthMachine composter work better if it's placed in a sunny part of my yard? Or is a shady place just as good? My friend claims food scraps compost faster when they are warmed up by sunlight (meaning the bacteria would be more active if warmer).

Upcoming Events

Oct. 11, 2014 (all day)
"Go Garden"... Saturday, October 11 from 9AM-2:30PM, two Master Gardeners, Mary Jacobs and Jordan Dawn, …
Oct. 22, 2014 9:00am - Oct. 23, 2014 5:00pm
Lear practical information to create sustainable/green/ecological landscapes. Participants will learn to utilize landscape practices that …
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