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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7:11 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

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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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7:26 am
Sat March 14, 2015

Spring Into Vegetable Gardening

Gardeners should consider planting tomatoes this time of the year.

Originally published on Mon March 23, 2015 6:34 pm

It's time to start thinking about adding spring and early summer vegetables to your garden.


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7:36 am
Sat February 28, 2015

Ferns: An Asset to Any Garden

Ferns grow in a garden's shady spots.

Almost every landscape has shady areas, and ferns are a great group of plants that are perfect for those shady spots. Early spring is an excellent time to plant ferns in a landscape; it allows them to settle in and establish before the heat of summer arrives. So, if you've got some shady areas and you think ferns would work there now is the time to get them in the ground. 


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6:53 am
Sun February 22, 2015

Fertilizer on Gardeners' Minds

Bat guano fertilizer

Fertilizers are something we think about a lot in February and March as many plants are beginning to wake up and beginning to grow.


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7:16 am
Sat February 14, 2015

Love in Blooms

Bleeding heart flower

For Valentine's Day, there are plants including "hearts-bustin'-with-love", "bleeding hearts", "love in a puff", and "love lies bleeding", and the "love apple".


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7:11 am
Sat February 7, 2015

Tree Protection Zone: Keep Out

When construction is done around an existing trees -- whether building a new home or repairing a driveway -- trees can be easily damaged.

This can be avoided if trees are properly protected.


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7:01 am
Sat January 24, 2015

How Does Your Garden Grow? Write it Down.

Keeping records can help make you a better gardener.


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6:56 am
Sat January 10, 2015

After the Deep Freeze, Wait to Clean up the Garden

Banana plants exhibit cold damage in the trial gardens at the LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station.

Temperatures dropped down to around 20 degrees in the Baton Rouge area during the recent arctic blast. A freeze this severe can cause significant damage to tropical plants, even plants that were covered or otherwise protected. 


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6:56 am
Sat January 10, 2015

After the Deep Freeze, Wait to Clean up the Garden

Banana plants exhibit cold damage in the trial gardens at the LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station.

Temperatures dropped down to around 20 degrees in the Baton Rouge area during the recent arctic blast. A freeze this severe can cause significant damage to tropical plants, even plants that were covered or otherwise protected. 


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