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   Get It Growing
 Home>News Archive>2010>September>Get It Growing>
Prepare gardens for spring bulbs
Selecting Bulbs

(Video 09/27/10) Although it’s not yet time to plant spring-flowering bulbs, now is the ideal time for selecting them. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains what to look for and what to keep in mind when selecting and planting flowering bulbs. (Runtime: 1:43)

Cool-season vegetables reappear in October
(Audio 09/27/10) The weather typically becomes cooler in Louisiana during October. This means gardeners can start planting cool-season vegetables into their gardens. Listen for what to plant this month. (Runtime: 60 seconds)

Caladium tubers can be saved for next year
(Audio 09/27/10) Caladiums are outstanding bedding plants for shady areas. They grow from tubers. In early fall, when the plants start to fade, gardeners can dig up the tubers and save them for next year's planting. (Runtime: 60 seconds)

Think layer of mulch suppresses weeds
(Audio 09/27/10) Mulches make the landscape more attractive, but their main function is to suppress weeds. Mulches put out during the spring probably decayed over the summer, so gardeners should apply fresh mulch to keep weeds down. (Runtime: 60 seconds)

Starter solution gives plants needed nutrients
(Audio 09/27/10) Transplants in the garden need to get off to a good start. Starter solution helps plants take in the right amount of fertilizer and lets them settle in to their new spots in the garden. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Keep summer-blooming plants fresh into fall
(Audio 09/27/10) Louisiana gardeners use a wide variety of summer-blooming bulbs. This time in the year, some may be fading out, while some may still be in full bloom. Groom these plants to keep them looking neat. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Low-maintenance shrubs provide color in landscape
Colorful Shrubs
(Video 09/20/10) Gardeners work long, hard hours to keep their flowers colorful and beautiful. But what if you could keep your plants full of color all year long – with practically no effort? On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains how you can have both scenarios come true. (Runtime: 1:39)
Growing garlic is easy, yet long, process
(Audio 09/20/10) Garlic is a great vegetable to grow in Louisiana, and now is a good time to plant it. Just remember that it takes a long time for garlic to produce, so you'll have to be patient. What you plant now won't be ready to harvest until late May or early June. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant or divide Louisiana iris in September
(Audio 09/20/10) Louisiana iris are wonderful perennials. This is a good time of the year to plant Louisiana iris. They are dormant this month, so this also is a good time to divide them and transplant them. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Evaluate bedding plants to make planting decisions for next year
(Audio 09/20/10) Only the most reliable bedding plants can survive a Louisiana summer. This is a great time of year to evaluate your bedding plants and deternune which ones performed well and which ones you may or may not want to plant again. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Dig up caladium tubers to use again next year
(Audio 09/20/10) Caladiums are winding down in early fall. The plants are going dormant, so gardeners can dig up caladium tubers when the foliage starts turning tan and papery. Save them to replant next year. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant a tree, save on energy bill
(Audio 09/20/10) Well-placed shade trees can help reduce energy costs. This is a good time to evaluate shade needs around your home and prepare for fall tree planting. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Composting reuses organic waste
(Audio 09/13/10) Our landscapes generate plenty of organic waste. Material such as grass clippings and fallen leaves are perfect for a compost pile. Learn more about composting in this segment. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Control azalea lace bugs to keep shrubs healthy
(Audio 09/13/10) Azaleas are a relatively carefree shrub. They don't have a lot of insect and disease problems. The azalea lace bug is an exception, however, These pests live on the underside of azalea leaves and cause white spots on the plant. (Runtime: 60 seconds)