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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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

Credit GardeningQuicknEasy.com

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. 


Bayou Garden
7:20 am
Sat September 6, 2014

Veggies Anticipating Cooler Weather

It's now that we begin to focus on the planting of cool season vegetables that will grow and produce during the fall, winter and spring. But September is a transitional month, and warm season vegetables are also in the garden this time of year. 


Bayou Garden
6:31 am
Sat August 30, 2014

For Roses, It's Ugly Season

Credit Mark Claesgens

Rose bushes generally don't look their best this time of year.

Heat takes its toll.   

  

Bayou Garden
6:42 am
Sat August 23, 2014

It's Been a Hot, Dry Week

This rose bush is an example of how summer drought and heat can create problems for many plants in the landscape.
Credit Allen Owings

This kind of weather is really stressful to plants. It doesn't take long for things to start drying out when the daytime highs are in the mid 90s and the heat indexes are reaching the 100s. 


Bayou Garden
7:18 am
Sat August 9, 2014

Too Hot in the Garden? Hang with the House Plants

Lemon thyme
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Successfully growing house plants starts with understanding their needs. House plants contribute to the interior decor, but they are not furniture, and they are not knick-knacks. They are alive!


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