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

  • For mite control on ornamentals and most vegetables, hose off foliage, spray with approved miticide if necessary.

  • First week: If necessary, second spray of filbert trees for filbertworm.

  • Clean and fertilize strawberry beds.

Gardening Tips

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.
Plant heat-loving eggplants in May or June
The best time to plant young eggplant starts out in the garden in Oregon is mid-May (warmer parts of the state) to mid-June (cooler parts of the state).
Avoid horticultural heartache by choosing disease-resistant varieties
Planting resistant garden plant varieties is best way to control disease.

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

Why are some of our cucumbers bitter? We have to peel quite a bit off to get to the sweet meat and even after doing that they are still sometimes bitter.
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