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

  • Place compost or well decomposed manure around perennial vegetables, such as asparagus and rhubarb.

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

  • Cover transplants to protect against late spring frosts.

Gardening Tips

Don't get too zealous yet with the rototiller
The balmy early days of spring tempt gardeners to poke around in their cold, sodden soil.
Safe and easy tool use for the visually impaired gardener
Try to imagine using garden tools out in the garden and yard if you couldn't see well.
Hints to make garden planting easier for senior citizens
There are several easy ways to make gardening easier and more pleasurable for senior citizens.
Home greenhouse helps houseplants survive your vacation
Protect your houseplants while you're away on vacation by putting them in a "home greenhouse."
Peonies add long-lived grace to perennial gardens
Peonies celebrate the beginning of summer with exquisite silky blossoms and striking foliage.

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've been told I shouldn't be using pig poo in my vegetable garden. Is this true? I pen the pigs in an area, let them till it up and mix their poo and hay in, then I move them into a new area and plant the just vacated one with tomato plants, corn, root crops, lettuces, etc. I mulch over the dirt with hay. After the veggies are grown, I wash and cook them (most of them). Am I killing myself and my family by doing this? I thought I was doing good! The specific reasons to not use the pig poo were directed at the parasites they carry. If they are wormed, would that make their poo safe? But then I'd have to worry about the Ivermectin, wouldn't I?

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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