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Get It Growing: Right Plant + Right Place = Gardening Success
(For Release On Or After 10/27/06) Gardeners are often advised that the key to gardening success is planting the right plant in the right place. Although this sounds relatively simple, a lot goes into the decision of what plants should be used and where they should be planted in the landscape.
Get It Growing: Radishes Are Easy To Grow
(For Release On Or After 10/20/06) When I was a child my family lived in Germany for a time. I remember attending the annual Oktoberfest in Munich, where thinly-sliced white radishes were served with salt as a nibbler to accompany the famed draft beer. Although I couldn’t appreciate the beer at that age, I loved the radishes. I also think of radishes in October for another reason, because this is a great time to plant them in your garden, and there are no vegetables easier to grow.
Get It Growing: Adding Soil? Make Sure You Get What Your Garden Needs
(For Release On Or After 10/13/06) I’m not a big fan of bringing in new soil and replacing the original soil in a garden bed. There are times, however, when it is necessary to purchase additional soil for the garden – especially when creating new raised beds or raising the grade of existing ones.
Get It Growing: To Dig Or Not To Dig; That’s The Question With Caladiums This Time Of Year
(For Release On Or After 10/06/06) Caladiums are among the most reliable summer bedding plants for providing color in shady areas. They stay attractive despite the intense heat of summer and are rarely bothered by insects or disease. By the end of September or beginning of October, however, they reach the end of their growing season and begin to decline in appearance.
Save Potted Easter Lilies For Landscapes
(Audio 2/20/06) Potted, blooming Easter lilies are always available around Easter time. Save these lilies and plant them into your landscape. They will go dormant in the summer and bloom for you year after year. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Include Trees In Total Home Inspection
(Audio 3/20/06) Home inspections can ensure that costly repairs are not required after you take possession of the property. Trees usually are not included in such inspections, but LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill suggests hiring a licensed arborist before making an offer on a home. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Spray Fruit Trees To Avoid Problems
(Audio 3/20/06) Louisiana gardeners are able to grow a wide variety of fruit trees in home landscapes. One thing you need to keep in mind is that fruit trees are prone to insect and disease problems. These trees must be on a preventve spray schedule. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant Corn If You Have The Space
(Audio 3/20/06) Corn is one of the most wonderful vegetables you can grow in your home vegetable garden. Corn takes up a lot of room, however, so you will need space to grow this plant. Plant corn in a square to get good pollination. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Proper Bed Preparation Is The Start To Good Growing
(Audio 03/13/06) Proper bed preparation before planting is an important part of your success in the garden. LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill says good bed preparation makes a difference in the perfomance of what you plant, whether it is vegetables, shrubs or flowers. Remove weeds and till soil to get started. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Common Fall Lawn Fungus Can Be Active In Spring
(Audio 03/13/06) St. Augustine grass has been a very popular lawn grass. Unfortunately, it is quite susceptible to the disease brown patch. Brown patch primarily is active in the fall, but it also shows up this time of the year. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Control Winter Weeds Before They Set Seeds
(Audio 03/13/06) During the month of March, Louisiana lawns wake up and begin to turn green. Dormant lawns may be alive with winter weeds this time of the year. Mow back these weeds or apply a lawn weed killer. This will prevent the cool-season weeds from setting seeds. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Leave Old Mulch In Place
(Audio 03/13/06) Mulch is a material gardeners spread over the soil surface to supress weed growth and conserve soil moisture. A common question LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill gets about mulch is whether a gardener should remove old mulch before putting down new mulch? His short answer is no. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Divide And Transplant Perennials In Eary March
(Audtio 03/13/06) Transplanting and dividing perennials should be done as soon as possible. As the weather warms, the chance of transplant shock increases. LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains how to divide and transplant perennials. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Spider Mites
Control Spider Mites On Camellias
(Video 2/27/06) Camellias provide wonderful flowers in the late winter. Spider mites can be a problem on camellias. Mites are hard to see, but LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill says they can be controlled. (Runtime: 1 minute 30 seconds)
Holly Hocks
Plant Holly Hocks Before They Bloom
(Video 2/13/06) Louisiana gardeners are accustomed to going to the nursery and buying plants already in bloom. Holly hocks should be planted well before they bloom. They need to be established to put on a good show. (Runtime 1 minute 24 seconds)
Use Seeds To Get Warm-season Bedding Plants Going
(Video 03/06/06) This a great time of the year to start warm-season bedding plants from seed -- to transplant into the garden later. Read the back of the seed package for directions. (Runtime: 1 minute 35 seconds)
Fertilize Shrubs In March
(Audio 03/06/06) March is a great month to fertilize your shrubbery. LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill says a good all-purpose granular fertilizer can be used to fertilize virtually all the shrubs in your landscape. If your plants are performing well, fertilizing is an option. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
'Harden Off' Transplants To Get Them Ready For Planting
(Audio 03/06/06) Gardeners use a variety of interesting terms. One of these terms is "hardening off." That term is applied to growing transplants. What it means is that transplants often are raised in the sheltered environment of a greenhouse and they must be toughened before being planted into a garden. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Proper Pollination Ensures Good Production
(Audio 03/06/06) Consumers actually eat the fruit of some popular vegetables. In botany, the fruit means the structure that encompasses the seed. Some of these vegetables include tomatoes, corn, squash and lima beans. To be successful with them, you must plant so proper pollination can take place. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Consider Warm-season Plants If Beds Are Empty
(Audio 03/06/06) This is a nice time to think about planting summer bedding plants. If you have cool-season plants still blooming, leave them be. If you have bare beds, consider planting warm-season plants. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
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