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 February

  • Central Oregon: Gather branches of quince, forsythia, and flowering cherries; bring indoors to force early bloom.

  • Fertilize rhubarb with manure or a complete fertilizer.

  • Western Oregon: Prune clematis, Virginia creeper, and other vining ornamentals.

Gardening Tips

Ladybugs - better to attract them naturally
Purchased ladybird beetles are not a very effective pest control for your home garden for a couple of reasons.
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.
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.
These ornamentals can be much too successful in Oregon
Some ornamentals are much too “successful.”

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

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