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 May

  • Control slugs with bait or traps and by removing or mowing vegetation near garden plots.

  • Leafrolling worms may affect apples and blueberries. Prune off and destroy affected leaves.

  • Plant dahlias, gladioli, and tuberous begonias in mid-May.

Gardening Tips

fuchsia
Hanging baskets put the color in summer
Think about location when designing and caring for a hanging containers
Ceanothus
OSU trial shows Ceanothus blooms profusely with little care
Wild lilac is drought tolerant and needs no fertilizer
sweet potato
OSU Master Gardener goes sweet on potatoes
Growing sweet potatoes can thrive in Willamette Valley
coneflower
Divide and conquer plants to keep them healthy and productive
Dig up and cut apart plants when they start to show less vigor
mole damage
Moles, voles and gophers dig the garden
Spring brings hungry animals to the surface

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

Given the recent news on emissions of heavy metals in Portland, I'm looking for information on which vegetables take up these pollutants from the soil. What else should I be concerned about?

Upcoming Events

May. 06, 2016 9:00am - 4:00pm
More Space, All Favorites, New, Rare & Unusual Plants Featured at Polk County Master Gardener's …
May. 07, 2016 (all day)
Fat Dog Farms will be hosting their annual garden market sale and open house on …
May. 07, 2016 (all day)
The Curry County Master Gardeners will be having their annual plant sale on Saturday, May …
May. 07, 2016 9:00am - 4:00pm
Enjoy this once a year Plant & Garden Expo in Roseburg. You'll find: Plants, Trees, …
May. 07, 2016 9:00am - 2:00pm
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