Bayou Garden

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From selecting the right plants to proper watering techniques and dealing with pests, host Dan Gill delivers the information you need to garden successfully in Louisiana's unique climate.

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It's not quite summer yet, but the days are becoming longer and hotter. Heat can be unpleasant for people and for plants. That's sepcially the case when they don't have enough to drink.

The hotter it gets, the faster the water either evaporates from the soil or is consumed and then lost by the plant. Landscapers should make sure gardens receive about one inch of water per week. That means there needs to be at least an inch of rain, an inch of irrigated water, or a combination every week.


These are green beans.
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Homeowners and renters alike are becoming more interested in growing their own vegetables these days. There are a number of good reasons to look into it.

Some want to grow their own produce to provide a freher, healthier product than they can get from the store. Others feel it's important to exercise self-sufficiency in the production of food. Others go into vegetable gardening for the economics of it and find it most cost effective to grow food rather than than buying from a grocery store.


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It's important to always use the right tool for the right job. Herbicides can be considered a tool in our garden. As gardeners it's important to understand the groupings of herbicides in the garden.

Pre-emergent herbicides take effect on the plant before it emerges, usually before the seed has a chance to germinate. Corn gluten is an organic pre-emergent herbicide.


Itea Virginica, Henry's Garnet
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Gardeners have become more environmentally concious over the past few decades. They're employing more environmentally sound principles in the landscape, such as using less pesticide, composting more, and even instlaling rain gardens.


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Edible landscaping has really taken off in the next few years. When we say edible landscaping, we're talking about the idea of incorporating plant material that's edible into a given landscape instead of growing edible foods only in a food-growing agricultural area.

The rabbit eye blueberry is an excellent addition to the landscape. It provides food as well as esthetic qualities. It's also a part of the LSU AgCenter Superplant Program. The program highlights tough and beautiful plants that perform well in Louisiana landscapes.


Lee Rouse
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While our quick April Fool's joke on this week's program may have alarmed you for a brief moment, Dan Gill will be moving on from Bayou Garden and he's passing Bayou Garden off to the capable hands of one of his coworkers at LSU AgCenter, Lee Rouse.

Lee is the Extension Agriculturist for East Baton Rouge Parish for the LSU AgCenter.


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Fertilizers are something we think about a lot in the spring. Plants are waking up and ready to grow in February and March.

Fertilizers are simply materials we put in the soil that put nutrients into the soil that plants absorb and use. Fertilizers aren't necessary plant food; plants use the minerals to make their own food... so plants do need these nutrients.


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The fact that many of the plants we grow as ornamentals are considered poisonous is a topic that horticulturists don't often discuss. After all, cases of people eating poisonous plants is relatively rare, and there's no need to cause the public undue alarm.


Prepare your beds

Feb 10, 2017
LSU AgCenter

When it comes to preparing beds for flowers, vegetables, or shrubs, you must do it properly to ensure success.

Before planting, do a thorough job of removing any weeds that may have grown in the bed. If it's a new bed, remove any existing turf. Be sure to be thorough about this as well. Turn the soil to a depth of eight inches and then spread a two to four inch layer of organic matter, such as compost, over the turned soil. Organic matter loosens the soil and helps with drainage.


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When construction is done around existing trees, whether building a new home, an addition, a sidewalk, or a driveway, be aware that trees can easily be damaged.

When damage happens, trees can decline in health or even die. This can be avoided if existing trees are properly protected during nearby construction.

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