gardening

LSU AgCenter

Summer flowering vines can be used to provide color, fragrance, and interest to Louisiana landscapes. They can also offer screening and shade if they're allowed to cover an overhead structure. Indeed, no other landscape plants can supply the same effects as vines.


LSU AgCenter

The extraordinary heat we experience in summer can be put to use controlling soil-borne pests in the vegetable garden.

Through solarization, intense summer sunlight can be used to control pathogenic fungi and nematodes and kill weed seeds in the soil without using toxic chemicals.


Jerome Collins / Flickr

Keeping records can help make you a better gardener.


Child in the garden.
Jaine / Flickr

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


An elephant ear wet with winter rain.
praline3001 / Flickr

Winter is not necessarily a time of rest for southeast Louisiana gardeners, even though our lawns, trees, and shrubs are dormant and we get plenty of rain.

Occidental Arts & Ecology Center

Introduce your kids to the joy of gardening and get them some exercise of their bodies and brains at the same time.

While you're singing, "Rain, Rain, Go Away," your plants are too.


Winter Garden Chores

Dec 15, 2012
Tools of the trade.
Mike Carroll / Flickr

While the pace of things in the garden is slow, it's a good time to clean-up and repair tools and tuck plants in for cooler, wetter weather.