home & garden

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.


Plants get certain nutrients from the soil, elements like nitrogen and phosphorus. Using fertilizer ensures there's an ample supply of these nutrients.


Of all the vegetables we grow in our gardens, tomatoes remain the most popular. And why not? Tomatoes form a very important part of Louisiana cuisine. But growing tomatoes is not without its challenges.


The Hearty Hibiscus

May 17, 2014

Louisiana gardeners have long loved the tropical hibiscus, but as this past winter has shown us, they're not reliably hearty. But there are hearty hibiscuses, that will take the cold and come back and bloom year after year.


Blooming in the Shade

May 3, 2014

If you want to provide color on your patios and porches, there are lots of bedding plants that will bloom their hearts out through the heat of summer.


Just as you would child proof an indoor room, it's important to take precautions in the yard.


Named for the island in Hawaii and native to the forest of tropical Southeast Asia, the Kauai series torenia thrives in the Louisiana summer.


Many cucurbits -- vegetables that belong to the cucumber family -- can be planted in April. 


The reason why we wait till late March to feed the grass is it's best to allow it to wake up, grow a strong new root system, and fungal diseases tend to be worse if we fertilize too early.


Federal City Community Garden

A community garden is taking root in Federal City. One goal is to unite established West Bank neighborhoods with 200 families living at the former Navy base.

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