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 October

  • Remove and dispose of windfall apples that might be harboring apple maggot or codling moth larvae.

  • Rake and destroy diseased leaves (apple, cherry, rose, etc.), or hot compost diseased leaves.

  • Place hanging pots of fuchsias where they won't freeze. Don't cut back until spring.

Gardening Tips

Gorgeous yellow iris is ecological threat to PNW wetlands
Gorgeous yellow iris Is ecological threat to PNW wetlands
Harvest baby ears from your corn patch
Field, regular, sugary enhanced or super sweet corn varieties all work great for baby corn.
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."

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

Hello. I had considered taking the MG program years ago but was told you folks advocate the use of Miracle Gro and other synthetic chemicals. I'm wondering whether or not this is true? Unless the MG practice is one of a strictly organic approach, I won't bother; but if the rumor is false, and you folks are recommending no chemicals, I'd love to sign up.
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