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 February

  • Prune and train grapes; make cuttings.

  • Western Oregon: Prune and train trailing blackberries (if not done the prior August); prune back raspberries.

  • Make a cold frame or hotbed to start early vegetables or flowers.

Gardening Tips

cloche
OSU expert recommends waiting to plant vegetable garden
A few days of sunny weather isn't enough to warm the soil
mulch
Be prepared in the garden in case of a cold snap
Though it looks like spring has come early, weather is never a sure thing
Weston Miller
OSU Extension gardening expert hosts new call-in radio show
Weston Miller feeds public's hunger for knowledge on radio, TV and magazine
houseplant
Think location when choosing houseplants to fend off problems down the road
Cut down on pests, by checking indoor plants for insects when you buy them
black-eyed susan
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

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 chopped down blackberry canes into fairly small pieces in my back yard, The area is a fair size. Can I leave them on the ground, or can these pieces of cane resprout. I'm not interested in using any kind of chemicals. If I dig up the roots, is it possible to smother the blackberries by covering them with heavy black plastic? Or is that a waste of time. I realize blackberries are very difficult to remove.

Upcoming Events

Feb. 08, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm
What constitutes a native plant for gardeners in the Portland metro region? Native to North …
Feb. 25, 2016 8:30am - Mar. 12, 2016 4:00pm
The Yamhill County Master Gardeners Association and the Yamhill County OSU Extension Service are pleased …
Mar. 12, 2016 (all day)
A total of 8 seminars presented with various topics relating to landscaping in the yard …
Apr. 30, 2016 9:00am - 3:00pm
Annual Plant Sale and Fair presented by the Yamhill County Master Gardener Assn.. Thousands of …
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