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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.

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Citrus growers in Louisiana have produced an excellent crop of sweet, delicious fruit this year. The citrus industry in Louisiana is known for growing some of the finest quality fruit in the nation, and it's readily available from local grocery stores, farmer's markets, and roadside vendors.

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Christmas trees are an important part of holiday celebrations for many people. Decide beforehand where you're going to display your tree, so you'll have a good idea about the size you'll need, and whether all of the sides will be suitable for viewing. A tree going into a corner, for instance, will only need three good sides.

Look for a tree that is clean, healthy, well-shaped, and has a straight-trunk near the bottom. It should have a strong fragrance, pliable needles, and good color. Be sure to shake the tree; avoid trees that drop a large number of needles when shaken.


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If you've ever visited a nursery in the spring on the weekend, you're bound to see a parking lot full of cars, and a nursery full of shoppers.

Spring remains the prime season when gardeners head to the nursery to purchase trees, shrubs, ground covers, and vines. If something is going to be planted in the yard, most of the time, gardeners focus on spring to do it.'

But spring is really not the best time to plant great hearty plants, like trees and shrubs, hearty ground covers, and vines. Now, as we head into the fall season, is really the best time.


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Herbs can be loosely grouped into cool season annuals, warm season annuals, and perennials.

Annuals live for one season and then dial. Perennial herbs, on the other hand, can live for many years.

Fall is a great time to plant cool season annual herbs and most of the perennial herbs into your garden.


Halloween in the Garden

Oct 31, 2015
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The Halloween season has put me in the mind to look at scary traditions, and relate them to some common gardening ideas and misconceptions.

So here goes Halloween in the Garden...


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As the weather cools down, it's a joy to get out into the garden on the weekends. There's often a lot of catchup to do after the long hot, summer.

As well as this is the prime planting season for cool season vegetables, bedding plants, and hearty trees, shrubs, and ground covers.


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As the days shorten and temperatures begin cooler, it's apparent that summer is finally ending. Lawn care definitely begins to change this time of the year. The growth of popular turf grasses, like Saint Augustine, Centipede Bermuda and Zoysia, begin to slow down this time of year. You should still mow your fall grasses to maintain a proper height.


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Perennial verbenas provide color over a long season in the flower garden. These generally low-growing plants produce clusters of showy flowers in a wide variety of colors.

October through November, and again in February through March, are the best times of year for planting trailing verbenas into your flower gardens. They establish best during milder temperatures.

The Homestead Purpel Verbena has been declared a Fall 2015 Louisiana Super Plant by the LSU AgCenter.


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Plantings of Caladiums are generally past their prime by the time we reach the early part of October, or they will be soon, and it's time to decide what you want to do with them. Your choices are: pull them up and throw them away; leave the tubers in the ground; or dig them up, store the tubers over the winter, and plant them again next year.


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It still surprises me that many Louisiana gardeners are not familiar with our native Louisiana Irises. Hopefully you have some of these wonderful plants growing in your garden, and if not, you should consider planting some.

Louisiana Irises can be divided and transplanted any time from August through early October, as they are in their most dormant stage now.


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