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."


Bayou Garden
7:00 am
Sat December 13, 2014

Leaves, They're Not Just for Raking

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When deciduous shade trees drop their leaves in the fall, most people just rake them up, put them in bags, and set them out with the trash to be collected. What a shame!

Bayou Garden
6:47 am
Sat December 6, 2014

Even House Plants Get Bugs

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You may think that plants inside our homes are shielded from insect problems. But that's simply not the case. 

Bayou Garden
6:58 am
Sat November 29, 2014

Harvesting Fall

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Many of the vegetables we planted in Louisiana in late summer or early fall will be ready to be harvested soon.

Bayou Garden
6:34 am
Sat November 22, 2014

Bundle Up Your Buds

Despite the relative mildness of Louisiana winters overall, severe freezes do occur, and they can be devastating to tropical plants growing in our landscapes.

All it takes is one night of temperatures in the low 20s or teens to severely damage or kill many of our tropicals.

Bayou Garden
6:39 am
Sat November 8, 2014

The Scents of Autumn

Sweet peas are among the most fragrant of the cool-season flowers.
Credit LSU AgCenter

Now is the perfect time to plant cool season bedding plants that will brighten our gardens and landscapes well into the spring. 

Gardeners often overlook the fact that some of these cool season bedding plants are wonderfully fragant. 

Bayou Garden
6:50 am
Sat November 1, 2014

Stretch Before You Dig

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The strenuous activity of gardening can cause problems, especially for those of us who get very little exercise during the week. Sore muscles, aching backs, and even sprains are common complaints of the weekend gardener.

Bayou Garden
7:26 am
Sat October 18, 2014

Abundant and Long-Lasting Color to Plant Now

Mesa Bicolor gaillardia
Credit Allen Owings / LSU AgCenter

Mesa series gaillardias have proven themselves as superior choices for Louisiana gardeners.

The large three-inch daisy flowers are produced in amazing abundance through an exceptionally long blooming season.

Bayou Garden
7:55 am
Sat October 4, 2014

What to Do with Caladiums Past Their Prime

It’s time to dig caladiums when the foliage turns brown and papery.
Credit Dan Gill / LSU AgCenter

Pull them up and throw them away? Leave the tubers in the ground? Or dig them up, store the tubers, and plant them again next year?

The great thing about caladiums is you can get more than one year of colorful foliage for your initial investment. 

Bayou Garden
7:36 am
Sat September 20, 2014

Louisiana Irises: Divide and Blossom

Louisiana iris is the name for a unique group of native iris species and their hybrids.
Credit LSU AgCenter

Louisiana irises are in the most dormant stage in the late summer, and that makes it the most ideal time to divide them. 

Bayou Garden
7:38 am
Sat September 13, 2014

Citrus: Problems with Fruit, Problems with Foliage

Overall, citrus trees are fairly low in maintenance, and they're reliable as backyard fruit trees, but issues do arise.