Bayou Garden

Saturdays at 7:34 a.m. and 9:34 a.m.

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.



Bayou Garden
7:22 am
Sat June 7, 2014

Humpty Dumpty, the Tree that Might Fall

Southern red oaks do not shed their leaves early in high winds. One result is that their canopy acts as a sail that can pull the trees over in a storm.
Credit Hallie Dozier

Now that hurricane season is here, it's time to look at the trees in your landscape. A tree that's sickly, low in vigor, and shows significant signs of rot can be a real liability during storms. In the high winds of a hurricane, trees with weakened trunks are likely to go over. The extreme rains can soak the soil so much that trees can topple over if their weight is not balanced.

Bayou Garden
6:29 am
Sat May 31, 2014

What's Missing From Your Soil?

Credit LSU Ag Center

Plants get certain nutrients from the soil, elements like nitrogen and phosphorus. Using fertilizer ensures there's an ample supply of these nutrients.

Bayou Garden
6:17 am
Sat May 24, 2014

Tomato Trials and Triumphs

Credit Linda Foster Benedict

Of all the vegetables we grow in our gardens, tomatoes remain the most popular. And why not? Tomatoes form a very important part of Louisiana cuisine. But growing tomatoes is not without its challenges.

Bayou Garden
6:40 am
Sat May 17, 2014

The Hearty Hibiscus

Strawberry Swirl hibiscus.
Credit Allen Owings

Louisiana gardeners have long loved the tropical hibiscus, but as this past winter has shown us, they're not reliably hearty. But there are hearty hibiscuses, that will take the cold and come back and bloom year after year.

Bayou Garden
6:24 am
Sat May 3, 2014

Blooming in the Shade

Baby Wing Pink begonia.
Credit Allen Owings

If you want to provide color on your patios and porches, there are lots of bedding plants that will bloom their hearts out through the heat of summer.

Bayou Garden
6:58 am
Sat April 19, 2014

Keeping Kids Safe in the Garden

Child in the garden.
Credit Jaine / Flickr

Just as you would child proof an indoor room, it's important to take precautions in the yard.

Bayou Garden
6:01 am
Sat April 5, 2014

Concerning the Sex Lives of Cucurbits

Cucumber on the vine.
Credit Sivanesan S / Flickr

Many cucurbits -- vegetables that belong to the cucumber family -- can be planted in April. 

Bayou Garden
6:55 am
Sat March 29, 2014

From a Pot to the Ground

Earth Day tree planting.
Credit CEMEX

The ideal planting season for hearty trees and shrubs in the Baton Rouge area finishes up around the end of March.

Bayou Garden
7:15 am
Sat March 22, 2014

The Time is Nigh for Fertilizing Your Lawn

Centipede grass
Credit LSU AgCenter

The reason why we wait till late March to feed the grass is it's best to allow it to wake up, grow a strong new root system, and fungal diseases tend to be worse if we fertilize too early.

Bayou Garden
7:01 am
Sat March 15, 2014

Bushy or Vining, Grow Tomatoes!

Credit LSU Ag Center

Mid-March to mid-April is the best time to plant tomato transplants in the Baton Rouge area.