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."

LSU AgCenter

Mulching is an easy-to-do, labor-saving gardening technique that all gardeners should take advantage of.

A mulch is a material, usually organic, that we use to cover the soil surface around plants. Mulching beds is an important part of sustainable landscaping.

Organic mulches, such as leaves, pine straw, ground pine bark, dried grass clippings, cypress mulch, and newspaper, are all derived from once-living materials. They also add beneficial organic matter to the soil as they decompose.


LSU AgCenter

The Evolution Salvia is a cultivar of Mealycup Sage and it's been named a Louisiana Super Plant selection for spring of 2016.

It comes in two colors. Mealycup Sage is a native wildflower of Texas and it's well adapted to long hot summer weather. Evolution Salvia was chosen as a Super Plant selection because of the intense color of its flower spikes as well as excellent performance in trials at the Hammond research station.


LSU AgCenter

Some of the most popular vegetables planted in home vegetable gardens belong to the cucumber family. Members of this family are called cucurbits. Many from this family can be planted this month, including summer squash, winter squash, mirliton, pumpkin, gourd, gugutka, watermelon, cantaloupe, cushaw, luffa, and, of course, cucumber.

All of these vegetables produce vines that crawl along the ground or climb. Summer squash is the exception as the vines are more bush-like.

One thing to remember is that both sexes of flowers grow on the same plant, so you don't need multiple plants.

Avoid using insecticides on your flowers in the morning, which is when your pollinators will be most active.


An Easter lily, planted after the holiday, blooms in a garden.
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  The Easter Lily is a plant popularly used to decorate for Easter. Many of these plants are simply discarded after the holiday has passed and they finish blooming.

But Easter Lilies may be planted in your landscapes, where they will bloom year after year for many years to come. Once the flowers have all faded, you can plant your Easter Lily outside in a garden bed. Leftover Easter Lilies in stores and nurseries at reduce prices are an excellent bargain to obtain plants for your gardens.

Easter Lilies go dormant in mid-summer.


Yellow Gingko Trees wrapped and ready for shipping.
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If you're planning to add some trees or shrubs to your landscape, it's a good idea to get this done as soon as possible.

The ideal planting season for hearty trees and shrubs here in the Baton Rouge runs from the fall into the spring and finishes around the end of March.

The reason we want to get these plants in the ground now, is the weather is cool, and we can expect another month or so of mild weather.

The transition from pot to ground is very stressful for the plants. Planting in hot weather increases the stress.


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