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

  • Tune up lawn mower and garden equipment before the busy season begins.

  • Western Oregon: Prune fall-bearing raspberries (in late-February or early-March).

  • Western Oregon: Prune and train trailing blackberries (if not done the prior August); prune back raspberries.

Gardening Tips

How to control aphids with less toxic methods
Now that spring is finally warming up, gardeners need to be on the look out for aphids - tiny, soft bodied, plant-sucking insects.
Lawns and drought - what should you do?
OSU’s turf grass expert offers some strategies for lawn care during drought.
Notched rhody leaves indicate root weevils at work
Root weevils are the most serious insect pests of woody ornamentals in the Pacific Northwest.
Coffee grounds perk up compost pile with nitrogen
Let java jolt your compost pile
How to keep butterfly bush from spreading noxiously
Butterfly bush, or Buddleia, can be a very aggressive non-native plant that, in certain situations, can overtake native vegetation. Take care to cut blossoms off in the fall.

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 have chopped down blackberry canes into fairly small pieces in my back yard, The area is a fair size. Can I leave them on the ground, or can these pieces of cane resprout. I'm not interested in using any kind of chemicals. If I dig up the roots, is it possible to smother the blackberries by covering them with heavy black plastic? Or is that a waste of time. I realize blackberries are very difficult to remove.

Upcoming Events

Feb. 08, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm
What constitutes a native plant for gardeners in the Portland metro region? Native to North …
Feb. 25, 2016 8:30am - Mar. 12, 2016 4:00pm
The Yamhill County Master Gardeners Association and the Yamhill County OSU Extension Service are pleased …
Mar. 12, 2016 (all day)
A total of 8 seminars presented with various topics relating to landscaping in the yard …
Apr. 30, 2016 9:00am - 3:00pm
Annual Plant Sale and Fair presented by the Yamhill County Master Gardener Assn.. Thousands of …
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