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LSU AgCenter Communications produces a special service called “Get It Growing” aimed at people who want to improve their landscapes, grow flowers and ornamentals or grow vegetables and fruit. This service includes a weekly newspaper column written by horticulturist Dan Gill, a daily (Monday through Friday) 60-second radio spot voiced by Gill, and a weekly 90-second television spot featuring Gill. The newspaper columns are sent via e-mail once a month to a subscriber list.

Read More features the newspaper columns.                      

See More contains the 90-second TV spots.

Hear More includes the 60-second radio spots.

Consider planting bare-root roses
(Audio 01/25/16) Roses are one of the few plants that are still sold bare root. If you want to buy bare-root roses, it's crucial that you plant them in January or February. Listen for more information on bare-root roses. (Runtime: 60 seconds)

Add some camellias to your landscape
(Audio 01/25/16) If you look around Louisiana, you will see plenty of beautiful camellias in bloom this month. Now is a great time to add some camellias to your landscape for vibrant flowers. Listen for more information on planting camellias this season. (Runtime: 60 seconds)

Prune roses in January and February
(Audio 01/25/16) Around this time you should be thinking about cutting back your roses. Be sure to pay attention to the specific needs of the different kinds of roses in your landscape while pruning. Listen for more information on pruning roses during the cool season. (Runtime: 60 seconds)

Start preparing your beds for spring
(Audio 01/25/16) It's a good idea to start working in your garden now to prepare your beds for spring fever. On a beautiful mild day, consider going outside and adding soil and organic matter to your beds. Listen for more information on bed preparation for spring. (Runtime: 60 seconds)

Propagate plants using hardwood cuttings
(Audio 01/25/16) Although it is common to propagate plants using stem cuttings, some plants can successfully be propagated using hardwood cuttings. Roses, figs, pears, and hydrangeas are just a few of these plants. Listen for more information on propagating plants. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Control pests in winter vegetable garden
(Audio 01/18/16) Although there are significantly fewer pests in vegetable gardens in the winter than in the summer, some pests still persist. Keep an eye out for pests and insects such as caterpillars, aphids, snails and slugs. Listen for more information on controlling pests in winter vegetable gardens. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Selectively fertilize in the winter
(Audio 01/18/16) In the wintertime, we only need to fertilize plants that are in active growth. Fertilizing plants that are dormant can compromise their resistance to cold damage. Listen for more information on fertilizing in the winter. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Protect indoor plants from mealybugs
(Audio 01/18/16) Although mealybugs don't greatly affect outdoor plants, they can cause significant problems for indoor plants. They may be difficult to get rid of, but it can be done. Listen for more information on getting rid of mealybugs on indoor plants. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Don't throw away old fertilizer
(Audio 01/18/16) Although unused fertilizers don't usually go bad if they sit in your shed for multiple years, they can become more difficult to use. Exposure to humidity can cause certain fertilizers to become clumpy but not impossible to work with. Listen for more information on fertilizers. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Prune your trees this winter
(Audio 01/18/16) Now is a good time to do some pruning while most of your plants are dormant. While deciduous and summer-flowering trees aren't weighed down with leaves, remove low-hanging or dangerous branches. Listen for more information on pruning trees in winter. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Wildflowers are a spring delight
(02/26/16) Mention blooming wildflowers and most people think of country meadows and drives along rural roads. Wildflowers, however, are to be found everywhere – even along the interstates and in major metropolitan areas.
Use color effectively in the landscape
red flowers
(02/19/16) Color is very important to us. We use it everywhere in our surroundings and on our bodies. We carefully consider which colors to combine and use in our interior decors. People take their time (sometimes too much) deciding on what colors they will wear for a day or even for a few hours. Yet, how many gardeners spend time to carefully consider and develop a color scheme for their flower beds and landscape?
February can be a rainy month
raised bed
(02/12/16) February weather often includes heavy and frequent rain, and this should remind us that Louisiana has a relatively wet climate. Periods of drought certainly do occur here, especially during the hot months of summer. But it is important for gardeners to realize that plant selection and the gardening techniques we use are largely influenced by the generous amount of annual rainfall we receive in Louisiana.
Now is the time to plant roses
planting a rose step 1
(02/05/16) Gardeners often wait until April or May to purchase blooming roses from nurseries and plant them. But planting earlier has advantages. If you’re thinking about adding roses to your garden, here is some advice that will help you get them off to a good start.
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