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 December

  • Monitor houseplants for adequate water and fertilizer. Water and fertilizer requirements generally are less in winter.

  • Monitor spruce trees for spruce aphids. Treat if present in large numbers. Read and follow pesticide label directions.

  • Turn the compost pile and protect from heavy rains, if necessary.

Gardening Tips

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Don’t pass up perennials when starting seeds in spring
They may take a little longer to get going, but these plants bloom for many years
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Learn correct pruning for fruit trees at OSU Extension workshops
Dwarf trees easier and faster to prune
Winter flowers make a heady statement in the garden
Plant blooming shrubs to cheer up the chilly season
Keep backyard chickens away from waterfowl to protect against avian flu
Learn how to successfully raise chickens before buying chicks
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Extension experts offer gift ideas for gardeners
Take the agnst out of the holidays with gifts to fit your budget

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

Hello. I had considered taking the MG program years ago but was told you folks advocate the use of Miracle Gro and other synthetic chemicals. I'm wondering whether or not this is true? Unless the MG practice is one of a strictly organic approach, I won't bother; but if the rumor is false, and you folks are recommending no chemicals, I'd love to sign up.
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