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 April

  • Cover transplants to protect against late spring frosts.

  • Plant gladioli, hardy transplants of alyssum, phlox, and marigolds, if weather and soil conditions permit.

  • Allow foliage of spring-flowering bulbs to brown and die down before removing.

Gardening Tips

Chile peppers. (Photo by Lynn Ketchum)
Spice up your garden with the perfect pepper
If you've become exasperated trying to make peppers thrive in Oregon's short-lived growing season, don't give up hope just yet.
A bumble bee pollinates a flower. (Photo by Lynn Ketchum)
12 plants to entice pollinators to your garden
Consider adding some flower power to your landscape to bring in the buzz of pollinators to your garden.
Make sure to give giant pumpkins room to spread. (Photo by Jim Myers)
Secrets of monster pumpkin growers revealed
Halloween may be months away but if you are hoping to grow monster pumpkins, now is the time to start planting.
The hand method of soil texture analysis. (Photo by Lynn Ketchum)
Know your soil before you plant
If you want to grow better plants, you first need to understand the texture of your soil.
Plant blueberries in the spring. (Photo by Lynn Ketchum)
Acidic soil gives new blueberries a boost
Plant blueberries now for a great crop of sweet, healthful fruit in the future.

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 live in DT Corvallis. Want to convert about 1,400 SF lawn into garden. Currently digging up soil to get rid of as many weeds and grass roots as feasible. Soils turns rock hard in summer. Should I mix in compost? If so, how much? Should I cover with fabric? If so, what type. Also, a lot of my lawn would be shaded at least part of the day. What would be the best veggies/herbs to plant?

Upcoming Events

Apr. 07, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
What We'll Cover: Container Gardening for Vegetables and Herbs Tour garden and see the container …
Apr. 09, 2015 10:00am - 12:00pm
ORNAMENTALS & NATIVES FOR THE COAST, with Nate (from Blake's Nursery), at Oregon Coast Community …
Apr. 11, 2015 10:00am - 12:00pm
For beginning to experienced composters, these hands-on workshops will cover the basics of how composting …
Apr. 13, 2015 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Chip Bubl, Extension Agent with OSU, will  cover identification and management of some of the more …
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