Central Oregon Garden Publications

Fruit Trees and Berries

Selecting Berry Crop Varieties for Central Oregon

Several kinds of berry crops can be grown successfully in Central Oregon. The key is to select varieties suited to local growing conditions and to follow recommendations for planting and care.

By Amy Jo Detweiler, Bernadine Strik | OSU Extension Catalog

Selecting Fruit Tree Varieties for Central Oregon Landscaping and Home Orchards

Several kinds of fruit trees can be grown successfully in Central Oregon. The challenge lies in selecting varieties that are most likely to bear fruit in the region.

By Amy Jo Detweiler | OSU Extension Catalog

Growing Blueberries in Your Home Garden

Describes how to grow highbush and cultivated blueberries in a home garden. Covers how to establish a planting, select a site and cultivars, determine soil requirements, prepare soil, plant, control weeds, mulch, fertilize, water, prune, care for established plants, and select ripe berries for...

By Bernadine Strik | OSU Extension Catalog

Growing Raspberries in Your Home Garden

Explains how to grow black, red, and purple raspberries in a home garden. Covers cultivar and site selection, soil preparation, fertilization, and planting. Discusses how to build hedgerow and hill planting systems and trellises. Outlines how to care for established plantings, including fertilizing,...

By Bernadine Strik | OSU Extension Catalog

Growing Strawberries in Your Home Garden

Describes various varieties of June-bearing, everbearing, and day-neutral strawberries and when they produce crops. Explains where to plant strawberries and how to rotate a strawberry patch to optimize growth and minimize disease. Discusses the matted-row and hill planting systems and the advantages...

By Bernadine Strik | OSU Extension Catalog

Growing Table Grapes

A reference for the home gardener or small-scale grower on how grapes grow; how to establish a planting; how to maintain an established planting, including pruning and training; tips for harvest; and how to reduce risk of damage to grape plants from winter cold, pests, and disease. Includes a table...

By Bernadine Strik | OSU Extension Catalog

Training and Pruning Your Home Orchard

Provides general rules for training, pruning, and limb bending, and explains open-center, central-leader, and espalier training. Outlines specific guidelines for training and pruning apple, pear, sweet cherry, sour cherry, peach, prune, plum, apricot, fig, persimmon, walnut, hazelnut, and chestnut...

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Managing Diseases and Insects in Home Orchards

This publication recommends management practices for controlling diseases and insects in home orchards. This pest management guide is for the home gardener. It doesn't meet the exacting requirements of the commercial fruit grower.

By Steve Renquist, Jay Pscheidt, Steve Castagnoli | OSU Extension Catalog

General Gardening in Central Oregon

Central Oregon climate and how it relates to gardening

Behind the beauty of the High Desert landscape lies many factors that create challenges for any gardener, from the novice to the expert. Learning how to work with these challenges can allow you to have a successful and beautiful garden.

By Amy Jo Detweiler, | Article

Container Gardening Basics

Information and tips on growing plants in containers.

By Amy Jo Detweiler, | Article

Fertilizing Your Garden: Vegetables, Fruits, and Ornamentals

Gives fertilizer recommendations, based on soil test results, for vegetable gardens, fruit trees, ornamental shrubs, flowers, caneberries, and strawberries. Discusses factors involved in plant growth, such as soil, nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium and pH. Covers types of fertilizer, such as packaged...

OSU Extension Catalog

Raised Bed Gardening

Gives step-by-step instructions for building a raised bed. Discusses special considerations for growing plants in raised beds as well as long-term maintenance of beds.

By Brooke Edmunds | OSU Extension Catalog

Mulching Woody Ornamentals with Organic Materials

Discusses mulching woody ornamentals (trees and shrubs) with organic materials. Covers the reasons for mulching, how to apply mulch, and how to maintain its beneficial effects over time. General principles described also apply to a wide range of other organic materials. Includes a table to help...

By Dan Sullivan, Neil Bell | OSU Extension Catalog

How to Build Your Own Raised-Bed Cloche

Lists materials needed to build a cloche, then provides step-by-step instructions for building. Includes color photographs with close-up inserts to show the building process.

By Sam Angima | OSU Extension Catalog

Hardscapes for Sustainable Landscapes: Patios, Decks, Walkways, and Driveways

This publication addresses ways to make residential hardscapes (patios, decks, walkways, and driveways) more sustainable. Discusses how to evaluate hardscape materials for sustainability and environmental impact. Covers the advantages, disadvantages, and costs of sustainable hardscape materials,...

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Acidifying Soil in Landscapes and Gardens East of the Cascades

Explains the importance of soil pH to plant growth, shows symptoms of plants growing in soil with high pH, and discusses how to modify soil to help maples, rhododendrons, blueberries, fruit trees, and other acid-loving plants thrive in your garden and landscape.

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Collecting and storing seeds from your garden

A guide to collecting seeds and storing them at home.

By Bill Mansour, Duane Hatch | Article

Propagation of Plants by Grafting and Budding

Including a glossary of terms, this handbook is well illustrated with clear photographs and drawings. It covers tools and materials, grafting and budding factors, kinds of grafts, budding methods, topworking, and repair. A table of many common plants indicates when and how they best respond to the...

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Central Oregon Plant Resource Guide

A list of local nurseries, their plant specialties, and contact information.

By Amy Jo Detweiler, | Publication


Common Insects Found in Central Oregon

A collection of some of the common insects found in central Oregon.


2019 PNW Insect Management Handbook

A comprehensive guide to insect management in commercial crops and environments and in home landscapes and gardens in the Pacific Northwest. Covers pesticide safety and toxicity, protecting bees, adjuvants, mixing tables, calibration, and biological control. Other sections cover a wide variety of...

OSU Extension Catalog

Common Spiders Found in Central Oregon

A list of spiders that can be commonly found in or around central Oregon.


Landscape Plants: Trees, Shrubs, & Flowers

Water-wise Gardening in Central Oregon

This publication outlines innovative conservation techniques and plant resources for water-wise gardening (also known as xeriscaping) in Central Oregon. It demonstrates how you can have a colorful and beautiful landscape while conserving water and saving time, energy, and money.

By Amy Jo Detweiler | OSU Extension Catalog

Fire-Resistant Plants for Home Landscapes

As homeowners continue to build in the wild and urban interface, they must take special precautions to protect their homes. One way to do this is to create a defensible space around the home, and one important factor can be using fire-resistant plants in landscaping. While taking actions to create a...

By Amy Jo Detweiler, Stephen Fitzgerald | OSU Extension Catalog

Selecting Native Plants for Home Landscapes in Central Oregon

If planted in a suitable habitat, native plants are well adapted to Central Oregon soils and climate. When grown in the right conditions, native plants experience less environmental, insect, and disease damage than nonnative plants.

By Amy Jo Detweiler | OSU Extension Catalog

Growing Hops in the Home Garden

Provides instructions for the home gardener on how to select, grow, harvest, and store hops.

By Amy Jo Detweiler | OSU Extension Catalog

Spring Flowering bulbs

Purchasing, site selection, when to plant, preparing the site, and follow-up care.

By Amy Jo Detweiler, | Article

An Introduction to Xeriscaping in the High Desert

This Xeriscape™ guide, put together by our regional horticulture, irrigation and water conservation experts, is one tool to assist you in effective water management. By adopting the seven steps of xeriscaping, from design – to ongoing maintenance, not only can you plan a gorgeous landscape for your home or business, but you can do it in a low impact, sustainable way.

By Amy Jo Detweiler, Patrick Griffiths, Ric Olson | Publication

Roses: Planting and Care in Central Oregon

Discusses how to select appropriate rose cultivars; select and prepare the planting site; and water, fertilize, prune, and protect roses from pests and diseases.

By Amy Jo Detweiler | OSU Extension Catalog

Guide to common grasses in Central Oregon

This guide is intentionally limited to grasses commonly found in Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson counties. It does not begin to include all the grasses in Central Oregon and it does not include the sedges or rushes.

By Paul MacMillan | Publication

Winter Care of Perennials

Now that the temperatures are cooling off, or shall I say cold, it is time to put your perennials to bed for the winter. For the most part, perennials will overwinter here just fine by following these simple steps.

By Amy Jo Detweiler, | Article

Plant Selection for Windbreaks in Central Oregon

A fact-sheet including sufficient windbreaks in Central Oregon. Three of the groups consist of Deciduous Trees, Evergreen Trees, and Shrubs.

By Amy Jo Detweiler, | Article


Practical Lawn Establishment and Renovation

This publication will take you through the steps needed to successfully plant a new lawn or renovate an old one. If you follow these steps, you will get it right the first time!

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Efficient Lawn Irrigation in the Intermountain West

Proper irrigation, despite being one of the most important factors in maintaining a healthy lawn, is the most often overlooked variable in lawn care. This publication describes common turfgrass species, soil water holding capacity, irrigation scheduling, and management practices to optimize...

By Brian Charlton | OSU Extension Catalog

Turfgrass Maintenance Calendar for Eastern Oregon

This calendar is offered as a general guide to know when and how to manage a lawn in Central Oregon.

By Amy Jo Detweiler, Tom Cook, John Whisler, David Wienke | Fact Sheet

Plant Damage and Disease

2019 PNW Plant Disease Management Handbook

A comprehensive guide to plant disease management in the Pacific Northwest. Includes materials and tactics suitable for organic production and homeowner use as well as for commercial production. Covers testing services, common pathogens (e.g., nematodes, viruses, fungi, and bacteria, as well as...

By Jay Pscheidt, Cynthia Ocamb | OSU Extension Catalog

Soil Testing and Amendments

Improving Garden Soils with Organic Matter

This publication will help you understand the importance of soil organic matter levels to good plant performance. It also contains suggestions for suitable soil amendments. Any soil, no matter how compacted, can be improved by the addition of organic matter. The result will be a better environment...

By Dan Sullivan, Linda Brewer, Neil Bell | OSU Extension Catalog

A Guide to Collecting Soil Samples for Farms and Gardens

Laboratory soil tests help you develop your soil and increase crop production by providing information on available nutrient content. Soil testing helps you select the correct kind and amount of fertilizer and liming material. Learn why, when, and where to collect your soil sample, and get...

By Melissa Fery, Jeff Choate | OSU Extension Catalog

Analytical Laboratories Serving Oregon

This guide can be useful for commercial growers, gardeners, and homeowners who wish to use soil, plant, and water analyses to help them make decisions about the use of soil amendments and other management actions. Some may also wish to test drinking water quality. The guide contains a list of...

By Darrin Walenta, Clare Sullivan, Leticia Henderson (Varelas), Linda Brewer | OSU Extension Catalog

Soil Test Interpretation Guide

This publication provides an overview of soil testing and general guidelines for interpreting soil test results for nitrogen, phosphorus, sulfur, potassium, calcium, magnesium, boron, zinc, copper, manganese, iron, molybdenum, chloride, sodium, soluble salts, organic matter, cation exchange capacity...

By Dan Sullivan | OSU Extension Catalog

Acidifying Soil in Landscapes and Gardens East of the Cascades

Explains the importance of soil pH to plant growth, shows symptoms of plants growing in soil with high pH, and discusses how to modify soil to help maples, rhododendrons, blueberries, fruit trees, and other acid-loving plants thrive in your garden and landscape.

OSU Extension Catalog

Vegetable Gardening

Growing Vegetables in Central Oregon (Crook, Deschutes, and Jefferson Counties)

The high-desert climate of Central Oregon can create challenges for any gardener. This guide provides region-specific tips and techniques for more successful vegetable gardens, including topics such as site selection, soil amendment and preparation, irrigation, weed and pest management, seed...

By Amy Jo Detweiler, Toni Stephan | OSU Extension Catalog

El Cultivo de Verduras en el Oregon Central (los Condados de Crook, Deschutes y Jefferson)

El clima del desierto alto en el Oregon central puede presentar retos para los jardineros a cualquier nivel. Esta guía aporta consejos y técnicas aptos para la región, con el objetivo de darle mayor éxito con su huerto. Se incluyen temas tales como la selección del sitio, la modificación y...

By Amy Jo Detweiler, Toni Stephan | OSU Extension Catalog

Central Oregon Vegetable Garden Calendar

When to plant vegetables in Central Oregon.

Educational Document

Recommended Vegetables for Central Oregon

Vegetable varieties and melons recommended by Oregon State University for 2011 are adapted to
local growing conditions to produce the best yields in home gardens.


Seed starting schedule

A table to fill out for determining when to plant vegetables and fruits in central Oregon.


Soil Temperature Condition for Vegetable Seed Germination

Results of an experiment to see correlations between various vegetable seeds number of days to sprout appearance and the temperature at which they are kept.


Grow Your Own Rhubarb

This publication describes how to successfully grow rhubarb as a vegetable or as an ornamental plant in the home garden.

By Toni Stephan | OSU Extension Catalog

Grow your own potatoes

An article from 1995 about growing your own potatoes.

By Phil Hamm, Alvin Mosley, Oscar Gutbrod, Steven James, Kerry Locke, Lynn Jensen | Article

Grow your own cucumbers

An article from 1997 on how to grow your own cucumbers.

By Bill Mansour, | Article

Grow Your Own Peppers

This publication describes different varieties, climatic requirements, soil preparation, fertilizing, and planting transplants.

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Grow Your Own Beets, Carrots, Radishes, Onions, and Similar Crops

A guide to home-growing beets, carrots, radishes, onion, and other similar crops.

By Bill Mansour, | Article

Grow Your Own Tomatoes and Tomatillos

This publication is an extended revision of the previous edition. It describes how to grow tomatoes and tomatillos in the home garden. Topics include site and soil preparation, cultivar selection, propagation, planting and plant care, techniques for extending the growing season, pruning and training...

By Amy Jo Detweiler, Heidi Noordijk, Chip Bubl, Neil Bell | OSU Extension Catalog

Cultive sus Propios Tomates y Tomatillos

Da ejemplos de variedades de tomates y tomatillos (jitomates y tomates) que rinden bien en los huertos del Noroeste. Describe las condiciones de suelo idóneas y cuándo y cómo de debe fertilizar. Trata los principios básicos de la propagación, la plantación, la cultivación, el riego y el control de...

By Amy Jo Detweiler, Heidi Noordijk, Chip Bubl, Neil Bell | OSU Extension Catalog

An Educator's Guide to Vegetable Gardening

This publication is a primer on vegetable gardening written specifically for educators, including those who use gardens as part of a nutrition education curriculum. It outlines a full-circle approach to educational gardening, provides a basic introduction to growing produce in an outdoor garden, and...

By Weston Miller, Gail Langellotto | OSU Extension Catalog


Common Weeds Found in Central Oregon

List of weeds commonly found in and around Central Oregon.

By Toni Stephan, | Fact Sheet

2019 PNW Weed Management Handbook

A comprehensive guide to weed management in the Pacific Northwest. Covers biological weed control agents, pesticide safety and disposal, agrichemicals and their properties, and control of problem weeds. Contains sections on weed control in cereal grain crops; grass seed crops; forage and seed crops;...

By Ed Peachey | OSU Extension Catalog

Identification and Control of Knapweed Species in Central and Eastern Oregon

This publication describes potential hazards, management, and identification of knapweeds.

By Amy Jo Detweiler | OSU Extension Catalog

Wildlife Damage

Deer-resistant plants for Central Oregon

Below is a list of plants that tend to be more deer-resistant.

By Amy Jo Detweiler, Paul MacMillan | Article

Meadow Voles and Pocket Gophers: Management in Lawns, Gardens, and Croplands

Starting with background on the biology and behaviors of gophers and voles, this publication dwells primarily on the gamut of ways to manage these widespread pests.

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In general, rockchucks (aka woodchucks) prefer open farmland and the surrounding wooded or brushy areas adjacent to
open land. Burrows commonly are located in fields and pastures, along fence rows, stone walls, roadsides, and near building foundations or the bases of trees.

By Rene M. Bollengier Jr. | Publication

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