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 December

  • Check stored flower bulbs, fresh vegetables, and fruits for rot and fungus problems. Discard any showing signs of rot.

  • Turn the compost pile and protect from heavy rains, if necessary.

  • Western Oregon: Make sure that landscape plants in protected sites receive water regularly during the winter.

Gardening Tips

Use fall leaves in "lasagna" gardening. (Photo by Tamara Hill-Tanquist)
Five popular OSU Extension gardening stories from 2013
From how to plant cover crops to how to aerate your lawn, the Oregon State University Extension Service offered gardeners advice on several topics from a variety of OSU experts in 2013.
Alec Kowalewski, OSU's turfgrass specialist. (Photo by Tiffany Woods)
How to get rid of moss in your lawn
With the rainy season in full swing, it's time to count yourself in one of two camps: You either love or hate the moss that invades Pacific Northwest lawns.
Branches are weighted down under a Dec. 6, 2013 snow. (Photo by Denise Ruttan)
Eight ways to protect your garden from ice and cold
Ross Penhallegon, a horticulturist with the Oregon State University Extension Service, advises several ways to protect your landscape from frigid conditions.
Test plot of grafted blueberry trees. (Photo by Lynn Ketchum)
Blueberry tree could prove useful novelty for gardeners
Gardeners who like to experiment with unique plants will want to keep an eye out in a few years for a blueberry tree created by Oregon State University.
Nordmann fir needles (Photo by Lynn Ketchum)
O Christmas Tree: Choosing beyond Douglas- and Noble firs
Choosing the perfect Christmas tree is often a very personal experience.

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'd like to mix more sand into my soil to help break up the clay. If I collect sand from an ocean beach, should I be worried about too much salt in the sand and it impacting my soil? If I were to use the beach sand for another project like a base for setting paving stones, would I be introducing a large amount of sodium?
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