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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.

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.


It’s time to dig caladiums when the foliage turns brown and papery.
Dan Gill / LSU AgCenter

Pull them up and throw them away? Leave the tubers in the ground? Or dig them up, store the tubers, and plant them again next year?

The great thing about caladiums is you can get more than one year of colorful foliage for your initial investment. 


Louisiana iris is the name for a unique group of native iris species and their hybrids.
LSU AgCenter

Louisiana irises are in the most dormant stage in the late summer, and that makes it the most ideal time to divide them. 


Overall, citrus trees are fairly low in maintenance, and they're reliable as backyard fruit trees, but issues do arise. 


It's now that we begin to focus on the planting of cool season vegetables that will grow and produce during the fall, winter and spring. But September is a transitional month, and warm season vegetables are also in the garden this time of year. 


Mark Claesgens

Rose bushes generally don't look their best this time of year.

Heat takes its toll.   

  

This rose bush is an example of how summer drought and heat can create problems for many plants in the landscape.
Allen Owings

This kind of weather is really stressful to plants. It doesn't take long for things to start drying out when the daytime highs are in the mid 90s and the heat indexes are reaching the 100s. 


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