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."

Hot Summer Herbs

Jun 28, 2014
Lettuce leaf basil.
Dan Gill / LSU AgCenter

Many of the popular herbs we grow languish in the heat of the summer, and some of them downright pitch a fit, including thyme, chives, and cilantro. Fortunately, there are a number of herbs that tolerate, or even prefer, the hot, torrid weather of a Louisiana summer.


Apricot Drift rose.
Allen Owings

Most roses are not especially happy in the extreme heat of mid-to-late summer. And, come to think of it, neither are most gardeners. But pruning some roses is something you might want to consider this time of year. 


Southern red oaks do not shed their leaves early in high winds. One result is that their canopy acts as a sail that can pull the trees over in a storm.
Hallie Dozier

Now that hurricane season is here, it's time to look at the trees in your landscape. A tree that's sickly, low in vigor, and shows significant signs of rot can be a real liability during storms. In the high winds of a hurricane, trees with weakened trunks are likely to go over. The extreme rains can soak the soil so much that trees can topple over if their weight is not balanced.


LSU Ag Center

Plants get certain nutrients from the soil, elements like nitrogen and phosphorus. Using fertilizer ensures there's an ample supply of these nutrients.


Linda Foster Benedict

Of all the vegetables we grow in our gardens, tomatoes remain the most popular. And why not? Tomatoes form a very important part of Louisiana cuisine. But growing tomatoes is not without its challenges.


The Hearty Hibiscus

May 17, 2014
Strawberry Swirl hibiscus.
Allen Owings

Louisiana gardeners have long loved the tropical hibiscus, but as this past winter has shown us, they're not reliably hearty. But there are hearty hibiscuses, that will take the cold and come back and bloom year after year.


Blooming in the Shade

May 3, 2014
Baby Wing Pink begonia.
Allen Owings

If you want to provide color on your patios and porches, there are lots of bedding plants that will bloom their hearts out through the heat of summer.


Child in the garden.
Jaine / Flickr

Just as you would child proof an indoor room, it's important to take precautions in the yard.


Kauai Rose torenia
Ball Horticulture

Named for the island in Hawaii and native to the forest of tropical Southeast Asia, the Kauai series torenia thrives in the Louisiana summer.


Cucumber on the vine.
Sivanesan S / Flickr

Many cucurbits -- vegetables that belong to the cucumber family -- can be planted in April. 


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