(For Release On Or After 02/24/06) Using ground-cover plantings in landscapes is becoming increasing popular, and early spring is a good time to plant them. Planting ground covers now will provide them with a chance to settle in and become somewhat established before hot weather arrives.
(For Release On Or After 02/17/06) February weather often includes heavy and frequent rain, and this should remind us that Louisiana has a relatively wet climate. It is important for gardeners to realize that plant selection and the gardening techniques we use are largely influenced by the generous amount of rain we get during other parts of the year.
(For Release On Or After 02/03/06) Some plants have public relations problems through no fault of their own. The worst situation exists when a plant becomes associated with an event that is sad or distressing. For example, the lovely calla lily has almost become a cliché for funerals.
(For Release On Or After 02/10/06) Although our lawns are still dormant this month, you can begin to plan your strategy to have an attractive, healthy lawn this summer.
(For Release On Or After 01/27/06) Cool days and chilly nights are just the kind of weather lettuce enjoys. Lettuce is a vegetable that is easy to grow, delicious and so attractive that any gardener – whether you have a vegetable garden, flower garden or even a garden in containers on a balcony – should include it in the garden.
(For Release On Or After 01/13/06) Parsley (Petroselinum crispum) is almost indispensable for many traditional Louisiana dishes. It’s a member of the carrot family native to Europe that’s generally grown in Louisiana as a cool-season annual from October through May.
(For Release On Or After 01/20/05) Arbor Day is celebrated in Louisiana year on the third Friday in January. This date is set aside to encourage people to plant trees.
(For Release On Or After 01/06/06) A variety of beautiful flowers and delicious vegetables were named All-America Selections winners for 2006, and some of them are suitable for growing during the cool season in Louisiana.