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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Perennial verbenas provide color over a long season in the flower garden. These generally low-growing plants produce clusters of showy flowers in a wide variety of colors.

October through November, and again in February through March, are the best times of year for planting trailing verbenas into your flower gardens. They establish best during milder temperatures.

The Homestead Purpel Verbena has been declared a Fall 2015 Louisiana Super Plant by the LSU AgCenter.


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Plantings of Caladiums are generally past their prime by the time we reach the early part of October, or they will be soon, and it's time to decide what you want to do with them. Your choices are: pull them up and throw them away; leave the tubers in the ground; or dig them up, store the tubers over the winter, and plant them again next year.


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It still surprises me that many Louisiana gardeners are not familiar with our native Louisiana Irises. Hopefully you have some of these wonderful plants growing in your garden, and if not, you should consider planting some.

Louisiana Irises can be divided and transplanted any time from August through early October, as they are in their most dormant stage now.


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For gardeners tired of the heat and longing for cooler weather, September can provide welcome relief. Cool fronts often begin to make their way this far south in September, but days in the 90s are not uncommon this month. And after a long, hot summer, these long, scorching days are especially hard to bear for gardeners and their landscapes.

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Are your roses looking pretty pathetic right now? Heat takes its toll on plants and people alike during the summer here in Baton Rouge. But effort made now will ensure a beautiful rose blooming season in through October, November, and early December.


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I once saw a refrigerator magnet that said, "When Mama ain't happy, nobody ain't happy." Well, you can substitute the word "root" for "mama," and you'll have an essential message for plants.

Always remember that the roots are the foundation for a healthy plant. And whether you realize it or not, much of what you do as a gardener is guided by the needs of the plant's roots.


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Vegetable gardening seasons can be roughly divided into the cool season and the warm season here in our area. Vegetable gardeners must be especially attuned to the seasons and observe carefully the proper planting times for vegetables for the best results.

Planting times are related to a variety of factors but more important than anything else, the temperatures we'll be having.


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Controlling weedy vines requires determination and persistent effort over time.

My vine control advice is generally about 60% pep-talk, and about 40% technique and herbicides to use, because you really have to determine that you're going to take the hand of the problem and control the situation.

Vines are difficult to control for a variety of reasons.


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August is a transitional time of the year in the vegetable garden. While cool season plantings begin in earnest next month, some of the more heat-tolerant cool season vegetables, such as the cole crops, can be planted into the garden now.

And since our first frosts generally don't arrive until late November or early December, we can also plant warn season vegetables for fall production.


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If you want to boost the color in your landscape now, don't let the heat stop you. Nurseries have an excellent selection of colorful bedding plants that will thrive in whatever heat the summer throws at them. These plants come in a variety of heights, textures, and colors.

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