home & garden

Holiday Cactuses Live on Past the Holidays

Dec 20, 2014

Thanksgiving and Christmas cactuses aren't from the desert, but tropical rainforests in Brazil, where they spend their lives perched up in the trees with their roots in pockets of decaying organic matter lodged in cavities along the branches.

And they're decorative plants you want to keep!

When deciduous shade trees drop their leaves in the fall, most people just rake them up, put them in bags, and set them out with the trash to be collected. What a shame!

You may think that plants inside our homes are shielded from insect problems. But that's simply not the case. 

Harvesting Fall

Nov 29, 2014

Many of the vegetables we planted in Louisiana in late summer or early fall will be ready to be harvested soon.

Bundle Up Your Buds

Nov 22, 2014

Despite the relative mildness of Louisiana winters overall, severe freezes do occur, and they can be devastating to tropical plants growing in our landscapes.

All it takes is one night of temperatures in the low 20s or teens to severely damage or kill many of our tropicals.

The Scents of Autumn

Nov 8, 2014

Now is the perfect time to plant cool season bedding plants that will brighten our gardens and landscapes well into the spring. 

Gardeners often overlook the fact that some of these cool season bedding plants are wonderfully fragant. 

Stretch Before You Dig

Nov 1, 2014

The strenuous activity of gardening can cause problems, especially for those of us who get very little exercise during the week. Sore muscles, aching backs, and even sprains are common complaints of the weekend gardener.

Louisiana irises are in the most dormant stage in the late summer, and that makes it the most ideal time to divide them. 

Overall, citrus trees are fairly low in maintenance, and they're reliable as backyard fruit trees, but issues do arise. 

It's now that we begin to focus on the planting of cool season vegetables that will grow and produce during the fall, winter and spring. But September is a transitional month, and warm season vegetables are also in the garden this time of year.