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."


Bayou Garden
7:36 am
Sat January 19, 2013

Follow the Long, Slimy Trail

A slug snacking.
Credit Christine Majul / Flickr

The rain brings out the snails and slugs. Dan Gill explains how to trap them in your garden.

Bayou Garden
6:53 am
Sat January 12, 2013

The Garden is Drowning

While you're singing, "Rain, Rain, Go Away," your plants are too.

Bayou Garden
7:47 am
Sat January 5, 2013

What Plants Eat

The scientific process of photosynthesis.
Credit At09kg / Wikimedia Commons

It's not soil or fertilizer that sustains plants, it's sunlight.

Bayou Garden
7:00 am
Sat December 29, 2012

Holiday Plants: To the Curb or in the Soil?

A Christmas cactus in bloom.
Credit Bill Kuffrey / Flickr

After the holidays, poinsettias and Christmas cactuses can still have life.

Dan Gill suggests options for recycling, and planting holiday plants.

Bayou Garden
7:20 am
Sat December 22, 2012

'Tis the Season for Pruning

Georgia Master Gardener Extension Volunteers demonstrate proper pruning techniques.
Credit Sharon Dowdy / University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Office of Communications and Technology Services

Winter is a great time of year to evaluate shrubs, trees, hedges, and foundation plantings for any needed pruning. But for spring-flowering plants, it's best to wait.

Dan Gill identifies what to prune now and what to prune in the summer.

Bayou Garden
7:35 am
Sat December 15, 2012

Winter Garden Chores

Tools of the trade.
Credit Mike Carroll / Flickr

While the pace of things in the garden is slow, it's a good time to clean-up and repair tools and tuck plants in for cooler, wetter weather.

Dan Gill offers a winter gardening to-do list.

Bayou Garden
7:40 am
Sat December 8, 2012

Instead of the Curb, Fallen Leaves go in the Garden

Leaves in a homemade compost container.
Credit Knile / Flickr

Rather than sending it to the landfill, you can easily recycle the seasonal confetti as mulch or compost.

Dan Gill explains how to make "brown gold".

Bayou Garden
7:42 am
Sat December 1, 2012

Not Too Late to Plant Cool Season Bedding Plants

Pansies blooming in Shreveport, La.
Credit Will-travel

Cool season bedding plants thrive in the mild days and chilly nights during the fall, winter, and spring in Louisiana.

Dan Gill says now is the time to plant bedding plants to get a tremendous display of flowers in spring.

Bayou Garden
7:46 am
Sat November 24, 2012

Planting Hedges

A hedge of flowering honeysuckle.
Credit microwavedboy / Flickr

Hedges, created by planting a row of bushes or small trees, provide privacy, screening, and a backdrop for beds of colorful flowers.

Dan Gill explains how to get a hedge growing.

Bayou Garden
1:34 am
Sat November 17, 2012

Growing Amaryllises

An amaryllis blooming in Baton Rouge, La.
Credit Frank McMains

There are few spring flowering bulbs that can surpass the stately beauty of the amaryllis. Typically blooming in April in Louisiana, this popular bulb is a star performer in the spring garden.

Dan Gill explains how to plant and care for amaryllises in a Bayou Garden.