- Before the rains begin, save seeds from the plants in the garden. That way, you won't have to buy more seeds next spring.
- Still have green tomatoes on the vine? Cut plants down and hang them upside-down indoors. The fruit will ripen, and you can continue to have fresh tomatoes!
- Leave the garden clean-up for later: dead plants can provide homes and food for pollinators.
- Dig up any plants that have suffered from diseases like powdery mildew or blossom-end rot. Dispose of them in the trash to prevent disease next season.
- It's not too late to plant garlic and onions to harvest next year!
Kids can collect fallen leaves to use for mulch. Show kids how to check the leaves for butterfly cocoons!
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.