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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.

LSU AgCenter

May is one of the most improtant months for vegetable gardening. This month, we're harvesting vegetables, pulling out lingering cold crops, planting new transplants, and more. If you planted your early spring vegetables at the right time, you should be harvesting bell peppers, tomatoes, snap beans, and squash at the end of May. Cucumbers and irish potatoes should be coming soon.

Peach Trees: Know Your Chilling Hours

May 7, 2019
LSU AgCenter

Have you ever eaten a peach? Like really eaten a fresh, local peach directly from the tree it was growing on? Home-grown peaches and grocery store peaches, in my mind, should be considered two different fruits. Peaches from the grocery store are dry and tasteless. A home-grown peach, either from the farmer's market or from your own backyard, is certainly one of the joys of life. Juicy, sweet, and fresh, there's nothing else that compares to a fresh peach.

LSU AgCenter

Back in 2015, an ornamental grass with some colorful foliage called Fireworks Purple Fountain Grass gained some attention.

It's a varigated version of the regular Purple Fountain Grass, which has been grown successfuly for a long period if time. Fireworks is much showier, with young foliage streaked with red, pink, creamy white, and green. Colors are most brilliant when the growth is young in spring and early summer.

Let's Talk Cucumbers

Apr 8, 2019
LSU AgCenter

Warm season vegetables include tomatoes, peppers, and egpplants. But let's talk about cucumbers. One cucumber plant will typically produce 30 to 40 fruit. Take this into consideration when you decide how many cucumber plants to put into your garden. Do you really want that many cucumbers? What are you going to do with all of these cucumbers? Do you have anyone to give them to? Have you pickled before?

Mulching For Weed Control

Mar 23, 2019
LSU AgCenter

Mulching beds is an important part of a sustainable landscape.

Pulling weeds is a job that never stops. Every time weeds are removed, new weed seeds germinate, creating the problem all over again.

Mulches work to stop this by blocking sunlight from reaching the soil service. Most weed seeds need light to germinate. The light tells them they're close enough to the soil surface to sprout and grow a new plant.

Harvesting Edible Flowers From Your Landscape

Mar 15, 2019
Allen Owings / LSU AgCenter

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
LSU AgCenter

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.

Sunlight Is The Most Important Gardening Basic

Mar 1, 2019
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.

Plant Peppers In Early Spring

Feb 23, 2019
Allen Owings / LSU AgCenter

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.

Don't Wait Too Long To Plant Spring Colors

Feb 15, 2019
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.