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 February

  • Plant windowsill container gardens of carrots, lettuce, or parsley.

  • Plant seed flats of cole crops (cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts), indoors or in a greenhouse.

  • Plan to add herbaceous perennial flowers this spring: astilbe, candytuft, peony, and anemone.

Gardening Tips

Early fall color in deciduous trees may indicate trouble
Deciduous trees that show yellow, red or purple leaves in the early fall may be a symptom of stress
Late summer is a great time to plant more cilantro
Late summer is a great time to plant cilantro.
Autumn mulching will protect soil and prevent spring weed infestations
Discourage uninvited animal guests from making themselves too cozy.
Tired of bolting spinach? Plant while soil is cool.
Plant spinach when soil is cool, then other heat-tolerant greens in the summer.
OSU Extension offers guidelines for freezing garden produce
Freezing is one of the simplest and least time consuming methods of preservation.

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 will be planting blueberries in 18 inch tall 4x8 raised beds. I plan to use this as my basic soil: (pH 6-6.5) 30% Native Screened Sandy Loam 40% Garden Compost 5% Power Mulch 5% Mushroom Compost 20% Horticultural Pumice. How can I transform this basic soil to make it perfect for blueberries? I am thinking of taking the basic soil and combining it with equal parts douglas fir bark. Or do you think I should leave the basic soil as it is and just add sulphur? Or something else... what is the perfect soil to place in the raised beds?

Upcoming Events

Mar. 02, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Mar. 06, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Benton County Master Gardener board meeting
Apr. 03, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Benton County Master Gardener board meeting
Apr. 06, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
May. 01, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Benton County Master Gardener board meeting
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