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 March

  • Prune gooseberries and currants; fertilize with manure or a complete fertilizer.

  • Prune ornamentals for air circulation and to help prevent fungus diseases.

  • Start tuberous begonias indoors.

Gardening Tips

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.
Pear scab can attack pear trees. (Photo by Lynn Ketchum)
April showers could bring fungus to fruit trees
As the blossoms fade in your apple and pear trees this spring, keep an eye out for a fungus that flourishes in warm, wet weather, cautions the Oregon State University Extension Service.
"Charm," a new June-bearing strawberry. (Photo by Chad Finn)
Plant strawberries and boost your health
From strawberry jam to fruit salad, nothing says summer quite like the succulent strawberry.
Transform goldfish waste into garden food. (Photo by Lynn Ketchum)
Transform fish waste into food for an aquaponics garden
Skip the soil and try growing vegetables in an aquaponics system that turns fish waste into fertilizer for your plants.

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

The top (grafted part) of our dwarf cherry tree died. We have other cherry trees and would like to graft a new top on it. What is the best type of graft to make?

Upcoming Events

Mar. 07, 2015 9:00am - 12:00pm
This is a morning full of short classes on essential gardening information taught by Oregon …
Mar. 07, 2015 10:00am - 2:00pm
Annual TREE SEEDLING SALE happens on Saturday, March 7th, at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds (4-H …
Mar. 10, 2015 7:00pm - 9:00pm
This program at the Multnomah County Master Gardener chapter meeting will feature Gail Langellotto from …
Mar. 11, 2015 9:30am - 11:30am
What We'll Cover: How and when to get started, costs, city requirements Learn the importance …
Mar. 12, 2015 10:00am - 12:00pm
TURNING DIRT INTO SOIL, with Claudette, Sally R., & Sonja, at Newport Public Library Conference …
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