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."

Mike Bitzenhofer / Flickr

When construction is done around an existing trees -- whether building a new home or repairing a driveway -- trees can be easily damaged.

This can be avoided if trees are properly protected.

Jerome Collins / Flickr

Keeping records can help make you a better gardener.


How to Plant a Tree

Jan 17, 2015
Yellow Gingko Trees wrapped and ready for shipping.
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Friday, Jan. 16, was Louisiana's Arbor Day, the traditional time we celebrate trees by planting them. The ideal tree planting season in Louisiana is November through February.


Banana plants exhibit cold damage in the trial gardens at the LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station.
Allen Owings / LSU AgCenter

Temperatures dropped down to around 20 degrees in the Baton Rouge area during the recent arctic blast. A freeze this severe can cause significant damage to tropical plants, even plants that were covered or otherwise protected. 


Winter weed killers.
LSU AgCenter

It would be nice to think we could take the winter off from worrying about weeds. Unfortunately, there are many weeds that thrive in the mild-to-cold temperatures. 


Tulip bulb
Amada44 / Wikimedia Commons

Certain spring-flowering bulbs, particularly tulips and hyacinths, need to be pre-chilled to bloom properly in the spring. Louisiana's winters aren't cold enough, long enough to satisfy their need for chill.


Thanksgiving and Christmas cactuses aren't from the desert, but tropical rainforests in Brazil, where they spend their lives perched up in the trees with their roots in pockets of decaying organic matter lodged in cavities along the branches.

And they're decorative plants you want to keep!


szczel / Flickr

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!


Arch. Attilio Mileto

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


Harvesting Fall

Nov 29, 2014
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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.


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