home & garden

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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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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7:11 am
Sat March 7, 2015

Is It Spring Yet?

Gardeners should think about when winter freezes end, not necessarily when Spring begins.

Weather is unsettled and unpredictable this time of the year.

We often have days in the 70s in December, January and February right along with hard killing freezes.

When we look at this time of the year, the question from gardeners often is, "Well, when does Spring begin?"

And it sort of depends on how you define Spring. 

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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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7:01 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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7:06 am
Sat January 17, 2015

How to Plant a Tree

Yellow Gingko Trees wrapped and ready for shipping.

Originally published on Sat January 17, 2015 5:34 pm

Friday, Jan. 16, was Louisiana's Arbor Day, the traditional time we celebrate trees by planting them. The ideal tree planting season in Louisiana is November through February.

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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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7:31 am
Sat January 3, 2015

Weeds Persist, Even in Winter

Winter weed killers.

It would be nice to think we could take the winter off from worrying about weeds. Unfortunately, there are many weeds that thrive in the mild-to-cold temperatures. 

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6:51 am
Sat December 27, 2014

Bulbs With a Need for Chill

Tulip bulb

Certain spring-flowering bulbs, particularly tulips and hyacinths, need to be pre-chilled to bloom properly in the spring. Louisiana's winters aren't cold enough, long enough to satisfy their need for chill.

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