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From selecting the right plants to proper watering techniques and dealing with pests, host Lee Rouse delivers the information you need to garden successfully in Louisiana's unique climate.

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Many plants grown for their flowers are cool season plants that thrive in South Louisiana from October through May. That makes right now an ideal time to harvest these edible flowers. Many of these plants began to bloom in late winter with their peak season right now.

Among the most popular edble flowers: chives, day lily, mint, panzees, rose, sage, marigold, and squash blossoms.

Pets In Your Garden

Mar 8, 2019
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There are two general issues to consider when you have pets and a garden landscape: keeping pets from harming your landscape, and keeping the landscape from harming your pets.

Dan Gill / LSU AgCenter

As gardeners, it's important to understand basic principles of plant life. And more critical than everything else is the fact that plants need light. It doesn't take many years of trial and error in the garden to learn that you must learn the light preferences of each plant and provide the right amount of light to that plant as closely as possible. Certainly other factors like soil, drainage, and climate are important, but nothing else matters if you don't get the light correct.

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Louisianians have been appreciating the qualities of spicy foods for generations. The fire in Louisiana's cooking is provided primarily by the use of hot peppers or products made from them. Thanks to modern breeding efforts, we can now grow bell peppers that ripen to a red, yellow, or orange color, and can even be purple, lavender, or chocolate brown when unripe. Many pepper varieties are attractive enough to use as ornamentals in the landscape as well as in the vegetable garden.

Allen Owings / LSU AgCenter

Every year, local gardeners see pansies, violas, dianthus, snapdragons, and other flowers whose peak blooming season is in March through May. Invariably, these gardeners then go out to nurseries in April, purchase these plants, and plant them, wishing to recreate this beauty in their own gardens. Unfortunately, they're disappointed when their plants never reach the spectacular results they saw.

There's a good reason. Most of the mid to late spring displays of cool season bedding plants were planted last fall, or at least by late winter or early spring. Early plantings allows bedding plants to develop into larger plants with robust root systems by the time April's crescendo of blooming season arrives.

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A blooming Japanese magnolia is a horticultural groundhog, indicating winter is just about done for the year. This plant is a hybrid, or a cross. The parent plants are difficult to find in local nurseries, but their offspring are stocked in abundunce as their blooms open.

Prune Your Roses Now

Feb 5, 2019
Mark Claesgens / LSU AgCenter

Early February is an excellent time to cut back roses. Hybrid tea and granda flora roses in particularly should ne pruned around this time every year.

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Your Louisiana Vegetable Planting Guide should be telling you that mid-January is the optiumum time to start your tomato and pepper seeds for transplants into the vegetable garden for mid-March. Whether you start those seeds in a greenhouse or indoors, there are many benefits to starting your seeds, including financial benefits.

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If you've ever had oxalis in your flower bed, you know just how pesky this weed can be. You can identify the weed with a few key characterists, such as the clusters of beautiful purple flowers it produces. The foliage looks a bit like a clover or shamrock, as illustrated by the image here.

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Is starting a vegetable garden right for you? Yes, of course it is. Vegetable gardening is one of the most rewarding types of gardening a gardener could perform.

First, start small. Don't leap from a single pot to an acre. A 4'x8' raised bed is the perfect size for a beginning gardener, with just enough room for a meaningful harvest but small enough to manage.