home & garden

It seems we have more than our share of insects, diseases, and weeds here in Louisiana. This comes true particularly during mid to late summer. It's important to remember that the use of pesticides, such as insecticides, fungicides, and herbicides, is only one way of controlling these pests. There are other techniques gardeners can use to help prevent the severe infestations that make use of pesticides necessary.


Summer flowering vines can be used to provide color, fragrance, and interest to Louisiana landscapes. They can also offer screening and shade if they're allowed to cover an overhead structure. Indeed, no other landscape plants can supply the same effects as vines.


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.


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.


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.


The American Rose Society will be honored Tuesday at the Louisiana State Capitol.

Rep. Alan Seabaugh (R-Shreveport) drafted a resolution designating Tuesday, April 28, as American Rose Society Day in celebration of the national organization’s 40th year of being headquartered in Shreveport, according to executive director Jeff Ware.

Flashy Grass

Apr 25, 2015

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.


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.


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.  


Spice Up Your Garden

Mar 21, 2015

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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