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

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

  • Help prevent damping off of seedlings by providing adequate ventilation.

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

Gardening Tips

Apply manure to caneberries in late fall or early winter
In western Oregon, late fall or early winter is the time to apply manure to fertilize your established red or black raspberries and blackberries, including marionberries, boysenberries and loganberries.
Wet weather fosters cherry and stone fruit tree cankers
Our prolonged wet, cool spring weather is likely to bring on canker disease problems in cherry and other stone fruit trees.
Cover your losses with ice storm-resistant trees
Winter ice storms can wreck havoc on landscape trees.
Tricks for growing melons in PNW Maritime climate
Growing melons successfully in many Pacific Northwest locations requires a few tricks.
An easy way to get bigger, better plum fruit
Are you tired of all those tiny, ripe plums dropping onto your car, your lawn or your patio each summer?

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

For the last 8-10 yrs I've been good about pruning my climbing rosebush and its has thrived. This year I didn't get to it in February, as I usually do, now it's April and not looking great. Will it harm the bush if I do my usual pruning in April?

Upcoming Events

Apr. 19, 2014 8:30am - 3:00pm
Master Gardener volunteers will be available to pot newly purchased plants into containers that you …
Apr. 22, 2014 3:30pm - 8:00pm
It's spring! Come out and touch fertile ground. Reconnect with the good Earth that brings …
Apr. 26, 2014 9:00am - 3:00pm
  http://extension.oregonstate.edu/yamhill/yamhill-county-master-gardeners-annual-spring-plant-sale
May. 01, 2014 9:00am - 4:00pm
The Master Food Preserver program trains and certifies volunteers in food safety, food preservation, and …
May. 02, 2014 4:00pm - May. 04, 2014 4:00pm
This year we will have an amazing selection of perennials, annuals, fuchsias, hanging baskets, vegetables, …
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