Dan Gill

Dan is an Associate Professor in Consumer Horticulture with the LSU AgCenter. He is the spokesperson for the LSU AgCenterââ

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7:23 am
Sat May 23, 2015

Don't Like the Heat? Get Out of the Garden

To be honest, our best and most diverse herb gardens grow in the milder part of the year. The intense heat of summer takes a toll on many of our favorite culinary herbs. But there are heat-loving herbs that can be planted now for production throughout the summer.


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7:53 am
Sat May 16, 2015

Lily of the Nile, and Also the Mississippi

Agapanthus flower

The Agapanthus, also known as the "Lily of the Nile", is a beautiful, early summer flowering bulb. it's native to South Africa, but it thrives in Louisiana's climate. They're blooming now all around Baton Rouge and they can be planted now too.


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9:32 am
Sat May 9, 2015

A Garden Match Up: Marigolds v. Nematodes

Marigolds thrive in a planting bed well into fall.

You may sometimes read or hear about "companion planting" -- planting certain kinds of plants around other plants to prevent pest problems. When it comes to nematodes in a vegetable garden, marigolds can help.


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7:47 am
Sat May 2, 2015

The Wake Up Call of Falling Trees

Southern red oaks do not shed their leaves early in high winds. One result is that their canopy acts as a "sail" that pulls the trees over in storms.

We all were surprised by the big storm that moved through on Monday. This is a wake up call to all of us about our trees with hurricane season about a month away.


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6:43 am
Sat April 25, 2015

Flashy Grass

The colors on this plant stay attractive throughout the summer season.

The LSU AgCenter has named Fireworks purple fountain grass a Louisiana Super Plant selection for Spring 2015. And wow, are you going to be impressed by the colorful foliage of this ornamental grass.


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7:13 am
Sat April 18, 2015

Henna Coleus: A Louisiana Super Bedding Plant

The Henna coleus can stay attractive throughout a Louisiana summer season.

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 6:41 am

The Coleus is a popular bedding plant here in Baton Rouge.

Known for their amazing diversity, the colorful foliage of Coleuses brightens flower beds and containers through the long summer season.


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NPR Story
6:58 am
Sat April 11, 2015

Much Ado About Mulch

A variety of landscape mulches are evaluated at the LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station.

Mulching is an easy to do, labor-saving technique that all gardeners should be taking advantage of.


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7:08 am
Sat April 4, 2015

a Tisket, a Tasket, a Lily for Your Garden

Easter lily in bloom.

Blooming Easter lilies are part of how we celebrate the holiday.

Did you know there was once an Easter lily production area in Plaquemines Parish? Back then -- in the 1940s and 1950s -- they called them "Creole lilies".

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7:11 am
Sat March 28, 2015

Shade: A Gardener's Friend Not Foe

March and April are still good times to purchase shade-loving plants for your landscape.

Originally published on Sat March 28, 2015 12:55 pm

Gardeners often gripe about how difficult it is to grow plants in shady areas. The trouble mostly occurs when sun-loving plants are planted in the shade. Gardening in the shade can be and should be just as enjoyable as successful as gardening in sunnier areas.  


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6:56 am
Sat March 21, 2015

Spice Up Your Garden

Martin LaBar/flickr

Originally published on Sun March 22, 2015 2:25 pm

Louisiana residents have appreciated the enjoyable qualities of spicy foods for generations. The fire in Louisiana cooking is provided primarily by the use of hot peppers or products made from them, like red pepper and hot sauce. A backyard vegetable garden wouldn't be complete without a few pepper plants both hot and sweet to pick from. 

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