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 August

  • Willamette Valley: Corn may need protection from earworm. Spray new silks with appropriate pesticides if necessary.

  • Optimal time for establishing a new lawn is August through mid-September.

  • Fertilize cucumbers, summer squash, and broccoli to maintain production while you continue harvesting.

Gardening Tips

It's best to start cukes, squash and pumpkins in containers
To have a much easier time germinating cucumbers, squash and pumpkins, start these seeds in containers, rather than in cold garden soil.
Wait for soil to warm up to plant cukes
Wait until your soil warms up about 70 degrees to plant cucumbers.
Enjoy the pleasures of home-grown tomatoes
As the song goes, "there's only two things that money can't buy, and that's true love and home-grown tomatoes."
'Legend' tomato is big, early and late blight resistant
OSU vegetable breeders have developed a large, late blight resistant, yet early bearing tomato called “Legend.”
Basil is the fragrant king of herbs
Basil is as beautiful as it is useful.

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 maintain a fairly productive compost pile that I use to replenish my raised beds each year. This year, I have a large number of plants (mainly squash and tomatoes) that have come up in beds where this compost was used. Someone told me that it might be dangerous to eat veggies from these seeds that I assume did not get completely broken down in the composting process. Maybe something to do with excessive nitrogen levels? Is this true, or are these veggies safe to eat?

Upcoming Events

Sep. 17, 2015 1:00pm - 3:30pm
At this field day extension agents and seed companies will lead field walks of vegetable …
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