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. 

Things to do in October

  • Dig and divide rhubarb. (Should be done about every 4 years.)

  • Rake and destroy diseased leaves (apple, cherry, rose, etc.), or hot compost diseased leaves.

  • Harvest and immediately dry filberts and walnuts; dry at 95 degrees to 100 degrees Farenheit.

Gardening Tips

Cover your losses with ice storm-resistant trees
Winter ice storms can wreck havoc on landscape trees.
Tricks for growing melons in PNW Maritime climate
Growing melons successfully in many Pacific Northwest locations requires a few tricks.
An easy way to get bigger, better plum fruit
Are you tired of all those tiny, ripe plums dropping onto your car, your lawn or your patio each summer?
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.

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

When weeding, I twist the weed to the right, to remove the root. Knowing that the northern hemisphere has a different 'spin' from the southern, am I doing it correctly?

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