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
7:15 am
Sat March 22, 2014

The Time is Nigh for Fertilizing Your Lawn

Centipede grass
Credit LSU AgCenter

The reason why we wait till late March to feed the grass is it's best to allow it to wake up, grow a strong new root system, and fungal diseases tend to be worse if we fertilize too early.


Bayou Garden
7:01 am
Sat March 15, 2014

Bushy or Vining, Grow Tomatoes!

Credit LSU Ag Center

Mid-March to mid-April is the best time to plant tomato transplants in the Baton Rouge area.


Bayou Garden
6:16 am
Sat March 8, 2014

Getting the Light Just Right

Credit James Jordan / Flickr

Plants are solar-powered organisms. To be a successful gardener, you have to learn the light preferences of each plant, from direct sun to full shade.


Bayou Garden
6:34 am
Sat February 22, 2014

Stimulate Growth, Get Pruning!

Drift Apricot rose blossom
Credit LSU AgCenter

Early February is an excellent time to prune repeat-flowering roses.


Bayou Garden
6:56 am
Sat February 15, 2014

Swiss Chard: Color and Nutrition for a Winter Garden

Swiss chard with yellow stalks.
Credit Schnobby / Wikimedia Commons

During the late winter and early spring, we can continue to plant cool season vegetables, including Swiss chard.


Bayou Garden
6:49 am
Sat February 8, 2014

Your Home, a Good Place for Plants to Start

Tomato starts
Credit Ralph Hogaboom / Flickr

Raising your own transplants is not overly difficult, and it is a fun, rewarding activity for home gardeners.


Bayou Garden
6:34 am
Sat February 1, 2014

Freeze Busted Citrus and Perishing Palms

Freeze damage.
Credit LSU AgCenter

This has been a really hard winter in Louisiana. An unusual amount of sub-freezing temperatures has caused a lot of damage to the landscape.


Bayou Garden
6:36 am
Sat January 25, 2014

Freezes: The Damage is Done, Now What?

Ice on Baton Rouge blooms, Jan. 24, 2014.
Credit arubyan / Instagram

The Baton Rouge area, like most of Louisiana, has experienced a colder than average winter. Severe freezes in January have caused extensive damage to tropicals, citrus trees, and palms in the landscape.


Bayou Garden
6:51 am
Sat January 18, 2014

Celebrating Trees in Louisiana

Credit LSU AgCenter

Friday was Arbor Day in Louisiana, when we show our appreciation for trees by planting them.

Trees are especially important in urban areas, absorbing heat, reducing air pollution, and cutting utility bills -- and that's just for starters.

Hurray for trees!

Bayou Garden
6:40 am
Sat January 4, 2014

Camellia Flower Buds Opening Now

Camellia hiemalis 'Shi Shi Gashira', often called a C. sasanqua, provides wonderful fall color in semi-shady to full sun landscapes.
Credit LSU AgCenter

Very few trees are best planted when they're in bloom, but Camellias are the exception.


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