If you’ve ever driven through the Lower 9th Ward, you know that there is lots of land out there.
On this week’s Notes from New Orleans Sharon Litwin catches up with Lower Nine gardener Jenga Mwendo of the Backyard Gardeners Network about putting vacant lots to use and what’s been happening in her neighborhood since the last time the two of them talked.
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Many of the popular herbs we grow languish in the heat of the summer, and some of them downright pitch a fit, including thyme, chives, and cilantro. Fortunately, there are a number of herbs that tolerate, or even prefer, the hot, torrid weather of a Louisiana summer.
Most roses are not especially happy in the extreme heat of mid-to-late summer. And, come to think of it, neither are most gardeners. But pruning some roses is something you might want to consider this time of year.
Now that hurricane season is here, it's time to look at the trees in your landscape. A tree that's sickly, low in vigor, and shows significant signs of rot can be a real liability during storms. In the high winds of a hurricane, trees with weakened trunks are likely to go over. The extreme rains can soak the soil so much that trees can topple over if their weight is not balanced.