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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.

The Hearty Hibiscus

May 17, 2014
Strawberry Swirl hibiscus.
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.


Blooming in the Shade

May 3, 2014
Baby Wing Pink begonia.
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.


Child in the garden.
Jaine / Flickr

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


Cucumber on the vine.
Sivanesan S / Flickr

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


Earth Day tree planting.
CEMEX

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


Centipede grass
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.


LSU Ag Center

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


James Jordan / Flickr

Plants are solar-powered organisms. To be a successful gardener, you have to learn the light preferences of each plant, from direct sun to full shade.


Drift Apricot rose blossom
LSU AgCenter

Early February is an excellent time to prune repeat-flowering roses.


Swiss chard with yellow stalks.
Schnobby / Wikimedia Commons

During the late winter and early spring, we can continue to plant cool season vegetables, including Swiss chard.


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