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

  • Willamette Valley: Corn may need protection from earworm. Spray new silks with appropriate pesticides if necessary.

  • Western Valleys, Portland, Roseburg, Medford: Plant cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, spinach, turnips, and parsnips.

  • Plant winter kale, Brussels sprouts, turnips, parsnips, parsley, and Chinese cabbage.

Gardening Tips

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Learn the hows and whys of saving seeds
Choose the best vegetables to plant again next year
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Spiders earn their keep as natural pest control in the garden
It's natural to see spiders on the move this time of year
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Go underground with bulbs for colorful spring bloom
Try some unusual choices to get a different look in the garden
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When is the best time to harvest pears and apples?
Apples come right off the tree, but pears need cold storage to ripen
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Get your garlic on: A primer on planting, growing and harvesting
Now's the time to get garlic in the ground

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?

Upcoming Events

Sep. 06, 2016 7:15pm - 8:15pm
With more and more people wanting to grow organic food and medicine in their backyards, …
Sep. 10, 2016 1:00pm - 3:00pm
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Sep. 12, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm
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