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Louisiana Vegetable Planting Guide
planting guide

Use this guide to plant a successful vegetable garden. The information has been developed after considerable research and practical experience. (PDF Format Only)

Success with Summer Tomatoes
Louisiana summers are a tough time for tomatoes to set and hold fruit. The heat causes irregular flower growth in most cultivars, and the result is poor fruit set, according to LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dr. Tom Koske.

2012 Heirloom Tomato Trial Results
Heirloom Tomato Blind Taste Test

A statewide trial of 10 heirloom tomato varieties was conducted. Yields, disease and insect incidence, plant growth and fruit characteristics were recorded.

How to Properly Prune Your Tomatoes
Determinate Tomato Pruning

A short description on how and why to prune your home-grown tomatoes

Time To Plant Heat-tolerant Veggies
June is a pivotal time for Louisiana vegetable gardens. It’s the transition from spring to hot summer conditions. At this time many crops are fully in harvest or have been pulled out to make room for new crops.
Container-grown Tomatoes
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A home garden tomato variety trial to determine the best tomato for growing in containers.
Giant Butterbeans
Canavalias are large, climbing, trifoliate vines producing thick and long (1 foot or longer) pods. I first heard them described as "Texas butterbeans," but don't try to eat them.
Southern Peas Thrive In Summer Gardens
Southern peas are an option for Louisiana summer gardens, because they can take the heat and prefer less fertile soils, according to LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dr. Tom Koske.
Newer Home Vegetable Cultivars
To our Louisiana Vegetable Planting Guide, please add these new possibilities for 2009.
Cole Crops: Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage and Cauliflower
cole crops
These cool-season crops are somewhat hardy and will tolerate various degrees of frost. They grow best in the fall when the weather turns from warm to cool. Recommended varieties, soil preparation, fertilization and pest control are included. (PDF Format Only)
Many Snap Beans Varieties Available For Spring Gardens
Snap beans are adapted to a wide range of soils in Louisiana and make an excellent crop for the home garden. Their freshness is a real treat at the dinner table and some new varieties are available for 2010.
Southern peas & Yardlong or Asparagus bean
Photo of Blackeye pea
The southern pea is also known as cowpea and field pea and various names like blackeyes, crowders, peas, etc.
Sweet Corn Tests of Enhanced and SuperSweets
In the summers of 2002 and 2003, LSU AgCenter's Dr. James Boudreaux tested 14 sugar enhanced (se) and 11 supersweet (sh2) corn cultivars. They were evaluated for their large ears (about 8") and husk cover. The 2009 top cultivars are also mentioned.
Growing Vegetable Pears
This publication has information on the varieties, pollination, soil preparation, planting and cultivation of vegetable pears. (PDF Format Only)
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