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.

Rowing between some Spanish moss in a Louisiana bayou.
jc.winkler / Flickr

The picturesque staple of the Louisiana landscape gets everything it needs from light, rainwater, and air.

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.

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.

Choose a Hearty Palm

May 18, 2013
Palms rising in New Orleans.
rosefirerising / Flickr

Palms can stand up to hurricane winds, but can be sensitive to pruning and freezes.