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.

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.


Tomato starts
Ralph Hogaboom / Flickr

Raising your own transplants is not overly difficult, and it is a fun, rewarding activity for home gardeners.


LSU AgCenter

This has been a really hard winter in Louisiana. An unusual amount of sub-freezing temperatures has caused a lot of damage to the landscape.


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