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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

September is an odd month for planting the vegetable garden. It's right between the warm season and the cold season. What do we do?

This is a transition month. This is when we plant some warm season vegetables and some cool season vegetables.

In the early part of the month, we can plant transplants of tomatoes and peppers. We can also plant squash, cucumber, pole beans, snap beans from seed.

Dan GIll / LSU AgCenter

September is the time when vegetable gardeners anticipate the cool weather to come. Now is the time we focus on planting cool season vegetables that will grow and produce during the fall, winter, and spring.

This is a transitional month, however, and warm season vegetables are still in our garden.

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Beans, beans, they're good for your heart. The more you eat, the more you should consider growing in your vegetable garden.

Beans are an easy crop to grow in a home garden, and yield a very high rate of return with very little input.

The two most commonly grown beans in Louisiana are the lima bean and the snap bean-- which can also is referred to as the string bean.

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Virginia buttonweed is one of the worst summer weeds infesting Louisiana turf grasses. The spread of this week has increased tremendously over the past few years.

Virginia buttonweed thrives on wet to moist soils and is highly drought tolerant as well. It has prostrate growing habit and forms dense mats that smother our lawns. It's easily identified by its opposite leaf arrangement and white flowers with a four-star shaped pedal. Sometimes the flowers can have a pink streak through the center of the two sepals.

Raj Singh / LSU AgCenter

Spanish Moss is a flowering plant belonging to the bromeliad family, which makes it related to pineapples.

I get a lot of questions with concerns about Spanish moss damaging trees. Thankfully, Spanish Moss is not a parasite, contrary to what many believe. Spanish Moss is considered an epiphyte. That means it lives on the tree but is independent of the tree itself. Spanish Moss doesn't invaded the tree; it only uses the tree for structural support and doesn't get any nutrition from the tree. It doesn't invade the tree's living tissue, unlike mistletoe or other parasitic plants.

Columbine "Swan Blue white" ...bicolored columbines grace landscapes in April with their stately flower stalks arising above the plant foliage.
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Gardeners can utilize the intense heat of the summer sun to control soil-born pests in vegetable gardens. Through solarization, you can use heat from the sunlight to control pathogenic fungi, nematodes, and weed seeds in the soil.

Solarization is the process of heating the soil in our beds under a covering of clear plastic using the energy of the sunlight, similar to the way a greenhouse might work. It can only be used on an empty bed, so as you remove vegetable crops you might have a perfect opportunity to use solarization.

Rick Bogren / LSU AgCenter

Summer flowering vines can add color and fragrance to any landscape. They could add shade and screening if they're allowed to cover an overhead structure. No other group of landscape plants can provide the same effect that vines can.

This week, we'll talk about a selection of perennial vines that can thrive even during the blistering heat of Louisiana's summer and are best planted in full to part-sun areas of the garden.

LSU AgCenter

In many ways, having a plant produce a flower is our trophy as gardeners for doing such a good job in the care and maintenance of our landscape plans. But there is much more to a flower than the symbolism of success. To understand flower biology, you must understand the parts of a flower.

The main components are the sepals, the leaf-like structures under the flower itself; the pedals, the colored part of the flower, which contain the perfume and nectar glands, and are the part to which we're more attracted; and, lastly, the male and female parts of the flower, which are responsible for production of the seed.

Dan Gill/LSU AgCenter

Far too hot to be gardening outside, but this shouldn't stop you from gardening indoors in the air conditioning.

There shouldn't be much to plant in your garden in July. This is the time for maintenance. There will still be weeding and watering and weekly grass mowing, of course, but this is not to say that you can't or shouldn't be planting anything this month.

But wouldn't you rather be inside? Adding houseplants to your living room, study, kitchen, or even bathroom can liven up the room.

LSU AgCenter

Many weeds in the landscape can cause a gardener to gripe, but when the weed is specifically named after a gardener's complaints, then you know you have a real problem on your hands.

Gripe weed has become more common in our area over the past decade. You should accept eradication of a weed as impossible, but management and control are well within our reach. Hand-weeding and herbicide on the foliage work well. Shield or cover nearby desired ornamental plans when you're spraying herbicide.

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