- Take a look at your seeds. Sort them by the month they need to be started or planted.
- Thrift stores and online communities are great places to look for free or inexpensive gardening tools and containers to grow plants in. Supports for climbing plants can be made from many recycled items, like clothes-drying racks and even small ladders!
- Plan a garden with neighbors and friends: share the work, seeds and tools, then share the bounty.
- Want to try a new gardening technique this year? What about container towers, companion planting or potatoes in a bag? Learn how on our website.
Show kids the plants you plan to grow that are in theirfavorite meals. For instance, "pizza plants" for tomatoes, basil and bell peppers.
Where is your garden?
Oregon has four growing regions. Choose vegetable varieties and planting dates suitable to the growing conditions in your area:
- Oregon coast: cool, long season of 190 to 250 days.
- Western valleys: 150 to 250-day season; warm days, cool nights; length of season varies year to year.
- High elevations: short growing season of 90 to 120 days; frost can occur during any month.
- Columbia and Snake River valleys: 120 to 200-day season; hot days, warm nights; length of season fairly well defined.