vegetable gardening

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Though September is often still hot, gardeners are beginning to anticipate cooler weather. It's now we start to focus on planting cool season vegetables that will grow and produce during the fall, winter, and spring. September is a transitional month, with cool season vegetables going into the ground as warm season vegetables are remain in the garden.


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What do okra, chocolate, hibiscus, and cotton all have in common?

Give up? These are all in the same botanical family: the Malvaceae family.

Okra is one of the easiest and most heat tolerant vegetable crops you can grow in the south. It's a staple of the home garden. When other vegetables start to peter out in the heat of summer, that's the time okra will stand tall in the garden.


These are green beans.
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Homeowners and renters alike are becoming more interested in growing their own vegetables these days. There are a number of good reasons to look into it.

Some want to grow their own produce to provide a freher, healthier product than they can get from the store. Others feel it's important to exercise self-sufficiency in the production of food. Others go into vegetable gardening for the economics of it and find it most cost effective to grow food rather than than buying from a grocery store.


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Home vegetable gardening has become increasingly popular over past few years. We often see an increase in vegetable gardening when we have an economic downturn like the one we recently got through

Tomatoes remain the most popular of all the vegetables we grow in our gardens. And this makes a lot of sense seeing how tomatoes form an important part of Louisiana cooking and cuisine.

Vine-ripened, home-grown tomatoes have a quality to them that makes them far better than tomatoes you might find in a supermarket.

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The high temps with us from May through October their toll on the vegetable garden. Tomatoes, for instance, will set fewer fruit once it gets hot. Snap beans will produce poor quality beans.

On the other hand, for some vegetables, the hotter the weather, the more they like it! These hot season vegetables are ideal to plant in May and June.


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Cool days and chilly nights are just the kind of weather lettuce enjoys. Lettuce is a vegetable that is so easy to grow, and delicious, that any gardener should include it in their vegetable garden.

Lettuce is a cool season crop for us in Louisiana. Our planting season extends from September through March, with the harvest ending around May.

January is a great time to plant seeds directly into the garden or into pots.


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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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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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June is the peak month for harvesting summer vegetables. One reason why people grow their own vegetables is the outstanding quality of freshly harvested produce -- right out of the garden and right to the table.


Harvesting Fall

Nov 29, 2014
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Many of the vegetables we planted in Louisiana in late summer or early fall will be ready to be harvested soon.


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