Dan Gill

Host of Bayou Garden

Dan is an Associate Professor in Consumer Horticulture with the LSU AgCenter. He is the spokesperson for the LSU AgCenter’s "Get It Growing project," an effort encouraging home horticulture throughout Louisiana. Dan is also author of "Month-by-Month Gardening in Louisiana" and co-author of the "Louisiana Gardener’s Guide."

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You may think that house plants are shielded from insect problems, but that's simply not the case. When they do occur, indoor pest infestations can be devastating if they're not dealt with promptly and effectively. Indoor outbreaks can spread rapidly because of the environment indoors. We often group our house plants close together indoors in well-lit areas. These pests also have no natural predators.

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Culinary herbs can be used to make all our cooking more delicious and they're wonderful for the yard. Herbs can be loosely grouped into cool season annuals and warm season annuals. Annuals live for a single season then die. What we're planting now are cool season annuals, which grow through the winter, get harvested in spring, and then die in the summer.

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Colder weather is coming this week. As always, whenever the first cold snap hits in this season, gardeners panic just a little bit. Remember that this will not be a hard freeze. Temperatures below 30 degrees are a hard freeze and cause a lot of damage to tender plants. However, these temperatures we're expecting aren't going to cause a great deal of damage, so relax a bit.

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Louisiana gardeners often use containers of tender tropical plants on decks, patios, porches, and in courtyards. They provide color and beauty through the summer season. These plants thrive in the outdoor conditions, but since they can't withstand freezing temperatures, we have to protect them over the winter. You may move them inside on freezing nights as needed, or you may choose to bring them inside for the entirety of the season.

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Flower beds in our landscapes can stay colorful and attractive here. We put up with a ridiculously long and hot summer season, but we're compensated for this with a relatively mild winter. Because our winters are so mild, we can plant colorful blooming bedding plants that will bloom from fall, through the winter, and into spring.

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