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 June

  • Plant dahlias and gladioli.

  • Harvest thinnings from new plantings of lettuce, onion, and chard.

  • Blossoms on squash and cucumbers begin to drop; this is nothing to worry about. Cherries may also drop fruit; this is not a major concern.

Gardening Tips

Gardening story
Brew your own beer? Why not grow your own hops?
Tips give home gardeners a good start on growing hops
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Ten low-water, high-impact perennials to beat the heat
Drought-tolerant plants thrive during dry summers
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Ten all-around great shrubs for water-wise gardens
Low-water plants save money, time and help the environment
Espaliered fruit trees
Training a fruit tree into an espalier takes a good dash of dedication
Turn a tree into a space-saving specimen with some tips from an OSU Extension expert
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Cut down on chance of disaster with fire-resistant landscape
Choosing the right plants can make all the difference in the face of a wildfire

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

Periodically when I go to add scraps to my outdoor compost bin, I notice that there are worms gathered around the outer edge of my bin, under the lid. There are others in various areas on the inner rim of both the bin and the lid, and I can't tell if they are trying to get away or if they are headed inside. I was just wondering if there was a specific reason why the worms do this and if it is because they don't like the conditions, if there is something I can do to help prevent their leaving?
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