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 September

  • Aerate lawns.

  • Willamette Valley: Stop irrigating your lawn after Labor Day to suppress European crane fly populations.

  • Harvest winter squash when the "ground spot" changes from white to a cream or gold color.

Gardening Tips

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Spiders earn their keep as natural pest control in the garden
It's natural to see spiders on the move this time of year
Gardening story
Go underground with bulbs for colorful spring bloom
Try some unusual choices to get a different look in the garden
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When is the best time to harvest pears and apples?
Apples come right off the tree, but pears need cold storage to ripen
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Get your garlic on: A primer on planting, growing and harvesting
Now's the time to get garlic in the ground
Garaden story
Spiff up lawns after a tough summer
A one-day renovation will rejuvenate grass

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 have maggots in my bucket compost. What shall I do?

Upcoming Events

Oct. 04, 2016 7:15am - 8:15am
Guest speaker: Bob Denman from Red Pig Garden Tools Bob Denman hand forges garden tools …
Oct. 04, 2016 9:30am - 11:00am
This is the best way to make room for more plants, and be a sharing …
Oct. 06, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Which plants won’t get munched by those pesky deer?  Learn plant selection, location and other …
Oct. 08, 2016 9:00am - 12:00pm
Clackamas County Master Gardeners offer free 10-Minute University™ classes, soil pH testing service, educational displays, …
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