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. 

Things to do in April

  • Southwest Oregon: Place pheromone traps in apple or pear trees in late April to monitor codling moth activity.

  • Allow foliage of spring-flowering bulbs to brown and die down before removing.

  • Apply commercial fertilizers, manure, or compost to cane, bush (gooseberries, currants, and blueberries), and trailing berries.

Gardening Tips

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?
Autumn is a good time to plant new trees and shrubs
Autumn can be a good time to plant a new tree. The OSU Extension Service offers a publication to help.
Invest in the future. Plant a tree.
In response to big events - happy or sad - some people plant a tree as a living memorial that will last for generations.
It is time to study up on planting new strawberries
Late fall is not too early to start thinking about what strawberry varieties you may want to plant anew this coming year.

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 have had a wonderful patch of Jersey Giant asparagus for the past twenty five years. This year, we have something "infecting" a few of the clumps of our asparagus and we can't identify it. It appears to be some kind of wilt or virus?
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