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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Colder weather is coming this week. As always, whenever the first cold snap hits in this season, gardeners panic just a little bit.

Remember that this will not be a hard freeze.

Temperatures below 30 degrees are a hard freeze and cause a lot of damage to tender plants. However, these temperatures we're expecting aren't going to cause a great deal of damage, so relax a bit.


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Louisiana gardeners often use containers of tender tropical plants on decks, patios, porches, and in courtyards. They provide color and beauty through the summer season.

These plants thrive in the outdoor conditions, but since they can't withstand freezing temperatures, we have to protect them over the winter.

You may move them inside on freezing nights as needed, or you may choose to bring them inside for the entirety of the season.


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Flower beds in our landscapes can stay colorful and attractive here. We put up with a ridiculously long and hot summer season, but we're compensated for this with a relatively mild winter.

Because our winters are so mild, we can plant colorful blooming bedding plants that will bloom from fall, through the winter, and into spring.


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These days we're used to the instant gratification of planting blooming bedding plants for immediate color in our landscapes.

But if you want spring flowering bulbs to brighten your gardens this spring, this simply won't work. You must plant the bulbs that will bloom this spring some time this fall.


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November thru February is the prime planting season for hearty trees, shrubs, ground covers, and vines in Louisiana.

So now is a time to assess your landscaping situation and make plans for what you might want to do.

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I recently came across some poison ivy as I was working in an out of the way part of my landscape.

Poison ivy is abundant in the summer time in urban, suburban, and rural landscapes. I keep an eye out for this plant, as I'm quite allergic to it. And I promptly and ruthlessly deal with any poison ivy as soon as I see it.

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Home vegetable gardening has become increasingly popular over past few years. We often see an increase in vegetable gardening when we have an economic downturn like the one we recently got through

Tomatoes remain the most popular of all the vegetables we grow in our gardens. And this makes a lot of sense seeing how tomatoes form an important part of Louisiana cooking and cuisine.

Vine-ripened, home-grown tomatoes have a quality to them that makes them far better than tomatoes you might find in a supermarket.

Preventing nematodes

Sep 16, 2016
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You may sometimes read or hear about planting certain plants around other plants to prevent insect problems. This is called companion planting.

The idea is certain plants will give off aromas that will repel insects. Unfortunately, research doesn't substantiate claims around companion planting.

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Few sights are more thrilling in the garden than to see rapidly moving hummingbirds darting among the flowers.

So favored are the jewel-colored birds, feeders are put up to entice them into the landscape. Even better are gardens full of plants to provide the birds gardens full of nectar that they crave.

Creating a garden with plants specifically chosen to attract and feed these birds isn't difficult at all.


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In addition to the flooding damage done to our homes, landscapes have also been impacted. Flooding primarily impacts landscape plants by saturating the soil.

Plant roots obtain the oxygen they need from the air spaces in the soil. When these spaces are filled with water for an extended period, the roots are deprived of the oxygen they need and they may drown.


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