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.

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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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For gardeners tired of the heat and longing for cooler weather, September can provide welcome relief. Cool fronts often begin to make their way this far south in September, but days in the 90s are not uncommon this month. And after a long, hot summer, these long, scorching days are especially hard to bear for gardeners and their landscapes.

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Are your roses looking pretty pathetic right now? Heat takes its toll on plants and people alike during the summer here in Baton Rouge. But effort made now will ensure a beautiful rose blooming season in through October, November, and early December.


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I once saw a refrigerator magnet that said, "When Mama ain't happy, nobody ain't happy." Well, you can substitute the word "root" for "mama," and you'll have an essential message for plants.

Always remember that the roots are the foundation for a healthy plant. And whether you realize it or not, much of what you do as a gardener is guided by the needs of the plant's roots.


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Vegetable gardening seasons can be roughly divided into the cool season and the warm season here in our area. Vegetable gardeners must be especially attuned to the seasons and observe carefully the proper planting times for vegetables for the best results.

Planting times are related to a variety of factors but more important than anything else, the temperatures we'll be having.


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Controlling weedy vines requires determination and persistent effort over time.

My vine control advice is generally about 60% pep-talk, and about 40% technique and herbicides to use, because you really have to determine that you're going to take the hand of the problem and control the situation.

Vines are difficult to control for a variety of reasons.


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August is a transitional time of the year in the vegetable garden. While cool season plantings begin in earnest next month, some of the more heat-tolerant cool season vegetables, such as the cole crops, can be planted into the garden now.

And since our first frosts generally don't arrive until late November or early December, we can also plant warn season vegetables for fall production.


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If you want to boost the color in your landscape now, don't let the heat stop you. Nurseries have an excellent selection of colorful bedding plants that will thrive in whatever heat the summer throws at them. These plants come in a variety of heights, textures, and colors.

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Weed control is a constant part of maintaining a landscape, particularly here during our long hot summer. That's something that will never go away. But you do need to make sure you're doing the right things to make sure your efforts produce the best results possible.


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South Louisiana gardeners often make use of tropical plants in their landscapes. These are plants that are native to climates where freezes don't occur. Using them has some benefits but they also come with some drawbacks. Why do we use them? Because nothing else thrives in our landscape during the torrid heat and humidity of a Louisiana summer.


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