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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.

Banana plants exhibit cold damage in the trial gardens at the LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station.
Allen Owings / LSU AgCenter

Temperatures dropped down to around 20 degrees in the Baton Rouge area during the recent arctic blast. A freeze this severe can cause significant damage to tropical plants, even plants that were covered or otherwise protected. 


Winter weed killers.
LSU AgCenter

It would be nice to think we could take the winter off from worrying about weeds. Unfortunately, there are many weeds that thrive in the mild-to-cold temperatures. 


Tulip bulb
Amada44 / Wikimedia Commons

Certain spring-flowering bulbs, particularly tulips and hyacinths, need to be pre-chilled to bloom properly in the spring. Louisiana's winters aren't cold enough, long enough to satisfy their need for chill.


Thanksgiving and Christmas cactuses aren't from the desert, but tropical rainforests in Brazil, where they spend their lives perched up in the trees with their roots in pockets of decaying organic matter lodged in cavities along the branches.

And they're decorative plants you want to keep!


szczel / Flickr

When deciduous shade trees drop their leaves in the fall, most people just rake them up, put them in bags, and set them out with the trash to be collected. What a shame!


Arch. Attilio Mileto

You may think that plants inside our homes are shielded from insect problems. But that's simply not the case. 


Bundle Up Your Buds

Nov 22, 2014

Despite the relative mildness of Louisiana winters overall, severe freezes do occur, and they can be devastating to tropical plants growing in our landscapes.

All it takes is one night of temperatures in the low 20s or teens to severely damage or kill many of our tropicals.


The Scents of Autumn

Nov 8, 2014
Sweet peas are among the most fragrant of the cool-season flowers.
LSU AgCenter

Now is the perfect time to plant cool season bedding plants that will brighten our gardens and landscapes well into the spring. 

Gardeners often overlook the fact that some of these cool season bedding plants are wonderfully fragant. 


Stretch Before You Dig

Nov 1, 2014
GardeningQuicknEasy.com

The strenuous activity of gardening can cause problems, especially for those of us who get very little exercise during the week. Sore muscles, aching backs, and even sprains are common complaints of the weekend gardener.


Mesa Bicolor gaillardia
Allen Owings / LSU AgCenter

Mesa series gaillardias have proven themselves as superior choices for Louisiana gardeners.

The large three-inch daisy flowers are produced in amazing abundance through an exceptionally long blooming season.


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