home & garden

6:42 am
Sat May 17, 2014

The Hearty Hibiscus

Strawberry Swirl hibiscus.

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.

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6:27 am
Sat May 3, 2014

Blooming in the Shade

Baby Wing Pink begonia.

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.

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7:03 am
Sat April 19, 2014

Keeping Kids Safe in the Garden

Child in the garden.

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

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6:57 am
Sat April 12, 2014

No Matter How Hot and Humid, 'Wishbone Flower' Blooms

Kauai Rose torenia

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

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6:17 am
Sat April 5, 2014

Concerning the Sex Lives of Cucurbits

Cucumber on the vine.

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

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7:17 am
Sat March 22, 2014

The Time is Nigh for Fertilizing Your Lawn

Centipede grass

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.

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7:00 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Federal City Community Garden Takes Root

Volunteers, including members of the U.S. Marine Corps and students from Tulane Medical School, pose with the literal and figurative fruits of their labor at the Federal City Community Garden.
Credit 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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6:37 am
Sat February 22, 2014

Stimulate Growth, Get Pruning!

Drift Apricot rose blossom

Early February is an excellent time to prune repeat-flowering roses.

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6:57 am
Sat February 15, 2014

Swiss Chard: Color and Nutrition for a Winter Garden

Swiss chard with yellow stalks.

During the late winter and early spring, we can continue to plant cool season vegetables, including Swiss chard.

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6:52 am
Sat February 8, 2014

Your Home, a Good Place for Plants to Start

Tomato starts

Raising your own transplants is not overly difficult, and it is a fun, rewarding activity for home gardeners.

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