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."

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.

Agapantha in bloom.
Richard Taylor / Flickr

Agapanthas are blooming all around the Baton Rouge area.

Plants ready for vacation.
Alex de Cordoba / Flickr

Get a friend with a green thumb to care for your leafy pets if you'll be away for few days.