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Calendar offers great tips for Louisiana gardeners
2011 Get It Growing Calendar

(Video 12/20/10) Both novice and veteran gardeners look forward to the 2011 season for growing beautiful plants, fruits and vegetables. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to a resource that can help you throughout the year. The proceeds from the Get It Growing Calendar also support horticultural research. (Runtime: 1:28)

Cabbage throughout the new year

(Video 12/13/10) A popular adage says eating cabbage on New Year’s Day will bring you prosperity. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU horticulturist Dan Gill won’t promise any get-rich schemes from cabbage consumption, but he will give you some tips on growing and harvesting this nutritious vegetable -- so you can enjoy it throughout the new year.(Runtime: 1:50)

New Plentifall pansy is economical choice
Plentifall Pansies

(Video 12/27/10) Pansies are a popular choice for planting in cool-season flower beds, and now there’s a new pansy that spreads and grows more plentifully than all other pansies -- making it an economical choice. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to the Plentifall pansy. (Runtime: 1:30)

Make a gardening resolution
(Audio 12/27/10) With the coming of the new year, it is popular to make resolutions. Gardeners can resolve to try something new in the garden, to keep up with weeding or to read a gardening book. (Runtime: 60 seconds)

Garden catalogs can be educational
(Audio 12/27/10) Garden catalogs arrive in mailboxes during December and January. They contain beautiful pictures that tempt gardeners to try new plants. Be sure and purchase plants suited for Louisiana's climate. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Save potted amaryllis bulbs for spring planting
(Audio 12/27/10) People often force amaryllis bulbs to bloom at Christmas time. This is easy to do. Then the bulb can be planted in your yard during spring. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant chilled tulip and hyacinth bulbs in late December
(Audio 12/27/10) Tulip and hyacinth bulbs need to chill in the vegetable bin of a refrigerator for about eight weeks before they can be planted into the ground. If you chilled bulbs earlier in the fall, you can plant them in late December or early January. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Proper care will help houseplants thrive
(Audio 12/27/10) Indoor plants add a lot to our home environment. Houseplants need proper care to thrive, including adequate sunlight and water. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Christmas cactus is long-lasting holiday plant
(Audio 12/20/10) The Christmas cactus is a great plant for the holidays and can be used year after year. After one finishes blooming, move it to a bright window and water it every few days. When the weather warms during spring, bring the plant outside. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Freezes can damage tropical plants
(Audio 12/20/10) Tropical plants are common in Louisiana landscapes. These plants can be damaged by winter freezes. Herbaceous tropical plants can be pruned within a week or so. For woody plants, wait until spring to see where the damage has occurred. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Blooming roses are still common in December
(Audio 12/20/10) Roses continue to bloom well into December in Louisiana. If there is going to be a hard freeze, cut any open flowers and enjoy them indoors. Also, cut faded flowers to keep the plants attractive. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Different greens require different harvesting methods
(Audio 12/20/10) Leafy vegetables are great in the winter garden. With some leafy greens such as heading and semi-heading lettuce, the entire plant is harvested. With others, only the oldest outer leaves are harvested. This allows for an extended harvest. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Evergreens may not stay green
(Audio 12/20/10) It's common for leaves on deciduous trees to change color and drop from the trees. Evergreen plants also may change color this time of year, although they will hold onto their leaves. This isn't cause for concern, and the leaves will green up once spring arrives. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Save seeds for future plantings
(Audio 12/13/10) Many gardeners save seeds. This is a good idea when you buy seeds and have some left over or when you want to save seeds from plants you have grown. Make sure you dry them and store them properly. (Runtime: 60 seconds)