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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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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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.