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WRKF
6:32 am
Sat August 30, 2014

For Roses, It's Ugly Season

Rose bushes generally don't look their best this time of year.

Heat takes its toll.   

  

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WRKF
6:42 am
Sat August 23, 2014

It's Been a Hot, Dry Week

This rose bush is an example of how summer drought and heat can create problems for many plants in the landscape.

This kind of weather is really stressful to plants. It doesn't take long for things to start drying out when the daytime highs are in the mid 90s and the heat indexes are reaching the 100s. 


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WRKF
7:22 am
Sat August 9, 2014

Too Hot in the Garden? Hang with the House Plants

Lemon thyme

Successfully growing house plants starts with understanding their needs. House plants contribute to the interior decor, but they are not furniture, and they are not knick-knacks. They are alive!


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WRKF
7:02 am
Sat August 2, 2014

Last Chance to Fertilize, Y'all

Spreading fertilizer.

If you want to give your lawn one last boost, August is the time to do it.  Prune those shrubs while you're at it. 

  

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Notes from New Orleans
12:00 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Checking In With Revitalization In The Lower 9th Ward

The Backyard Gardeners Network in the Lower 9th Ward helps turn vacant lots into community gardens.
Hanna Rasanen

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.  

To read more about the Backyard Gardeners Network, visit NolaVie.com.

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WRKF
6:22 am
Sat July 19, 2014

Pop Go the Mushrooms

Mushrooms often pop up in lawns following heavy rainfall.

After a rainy period in summer we typically see mushrooms popping up everywhere in the Baton Rouge area. 


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WRKF
9:41 am
Sat July 12, 2014

Leaves of Three, Let it Be

Poison Ivy

Poison ivy is abundant during the summer in urban, suburban, and rural landscapes. To deal with poison ivy, first of all you have to be able to recognize it.

  

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WRKF
6:27 am
Sat July 5, 2014

Pinch That Wilting Violet

Deadheading is an important, but often neglected, gardening technique -- it involves pruning off old, faded flowers from a plant as it blooms. 


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WRKF
6:32 am
Sat June 28, 2014

Hot Summer Herbs

Lettuce leaf basil.

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.


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WRKF
7:07 am
Sat June 14, 2014

Stop and Prune the Roses?

Apricot Drift rose.

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. 


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