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."

eXtension.org / Flickr

Forlorn flower beds past their prime and overrun with weeds are an all too familiar sight this time of year. But it's not too hot to freshen up your garden with some new bedding plants.


Rowing between some Spanish moss in a Louisiana bayou.
jc.winkler / Flickr

The picturesque staple of the Louisiana landscape gets everything it needs from light, rainwater, and air.

Occidental Arts & Ecology Center

Introduce your kids to the joy of gardening and get them some exercise of their bodies and brains at the same time.

Keep your garden productive through the dog days of summer.  The southern pea is a delicious summer vegetable that can take the Louisiana heat.

(Not) Too Close a Shave

Jul 13, 2013
fotobydave / Flickr

It's tempting to let the days go by between mowing, but letting the grass get high and then cutting it back really short is bad for your lawn.


White crape myrtle in bloom.
Bernadette Bassett / Flickr

Although native to the Far East, crape myrtles are almost indispensable to the Southern landscape.


Brightly banded Monarch caterpillars voraciously feed on their favorite host plant, Asclepias tuberose or Butterfly Weed.
LSU Ag Center

Caterpillars seem to be especially abundant this summer.


Garden Don'ts

Jun 22, 2013
Bart Everson / Flickr

Don't nick young trees with the grass trimmer. Don't pile hills of mulch around them. Don't over-water.


Summer squash, fresh from the garden.
Tim Sackton / Flickr

June is the peak month for harvesting early summer vegetables in south Louisiana. Harvesting at the right stage is essential to getting the best quality out of your garden.


Craving Color

Jun 8, 2013
A Louisiana Black Gamecock iris in the garden.
jacki-dee / Flickr

It's hard to resist grabbing one of everything at the nursery.


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