(Video 12/29/14) Holly plants have always been synonymous with the Christmas season — because of their deep green foliage and bright red fruits. But even though Christmas and New Year’s Day have passed, you can still plant these festive trees and shrubs in your landscape. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains some of the best holly plants available at your local nurseries right now.
(Video) Louisiana farmers have enjoyed high commodity prices coupled with high yields over the past few years, but 2014 was different. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard looks back over the year in agriculture.
(Video 12/24/14) While we don't have brutal winters here in Louisiana typically, livestock such as horses do require special care. LSU AgCenter correspondent Craig Gautreaux tells us how to keep horses healthy during the winter.
(Audio 12/29/14) Most Christmas cactuses have probably finished blooming by now, but don’t throw them away. Christmas cactuses can become long-lived house plants that will bloom year after year. Move them next to a sunny window or place them on your porch or patio throughout the summer and into fall (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 12/22/14) Once the weather gets chilly, the foliage on evergreens may change color. Some foliage may take on a scarlet, gold or bronze pigment but will change back to green in the spring. Listen to learn which evergreen plants provide winter color. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 12/22/14) Harvest bunching onions in the green stage when they have green tops and white bases. You can dig up the entire bunch, separate out the amount you want, and replant the remainder so they may continue to grow. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Video 12/15/14) Students at University Laboratory School in Baton Rouge left their classrooms but didn’t travel far to find a little bit of wetland. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard has the story.
(Video 12/22/14) Now is a good time to get cool-season plants into your flower beds. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains the importance of determining proper placement and spacing before you put them in the ground.
(Video 12/15/14) Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you have to have a dreary yard. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill gives you some tips for adding late-season color to your landscape.
(Audio 12/15/14) Shade trees dump a lot of leaves on our lawns during this time of year. Instead of putting them out with the trash, use fallen leaves for mulch or compost. If you prefer the look of a particular mulch, place a layer of leaves under a thin layer of the mulch to save money. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 12/8/14) Winter is a great time to plant hardy fruit trees in the landscape, such as apples. Choose warm varieties that like mild winters. Remember to plant two apple varieties for cross pollination. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 12/8/14) Because Louisiana has mild winters, this allows cool-season weeds to grow all through the winter season. Keep flower beds and vegetables gardens well mulched to protect them from weeds. If needed, apply a weed killer to your lawn. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Video 12/8/14) The Food Safety Modernization Act was passed to update food safety regulations with the hope of improving public health. LSU AgCenter correspondent Craig Gautreaux explains how the act will influence both producers and consumers.
(Video 12/1/14) Tomatoes and peppers are being replaced with satsumas and navel oranges at roadside fruit and vegetable stands. Consumers can find Louisiana citrus this time of the year. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard visited a grower.
(Video 12/8/14) If you thought holly berry or mistletoe were the most popular Christmas plants, you would be wrong. That distinction belongs to the lovely poinsettia. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains how to select good poinsettias and care for them through the season.
(Video 12/1/14) ’Tis the season for decorating, and one of the top decorations is a traditional Christmas tree. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains how to choose a good Christmas tree and keep it looking nice through the season.
(Audio 12/1/14) Use poinsettias to decorate your home for the holidays. Keep poinsettias well watered and locate them close to a window. Another holiday plant is the Christmas cactus, which will bloom year after year. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Distributed 12/17/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – The annual forestry forum held in conjunction with the AgExpo at the West Monroe Convention Center is scheduled from 8 a.m. to noon on Jan. 16.
(Distributed 12/19/14) HAMMOND, La. – Amaryllis is a popular holiday plant. Bulbs are commonly available from November to late December. Forcing them to bloom during winter is not difficult, and the results are beautiful.
(Distributed 12/05/14) HAMMOND, La. – Most of us relax during late fall and winter. Our minds turn more toward the holiday seasons and less toward our landscaping and gardening efforts. Many activities, however, should be included in a “to-do list” of gardening tasks for December, January and February.
(Distributed 12/15/14) ALEXANDRIA, La. – Forage producers discussed the benefits of different forage systems and human nutrition at the Louisiana Forage and Grass Council’s annual conference on Dec. 5.
(Distributed 12/15/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Thirty-six Louisiana 4-H Club members attended the 93rd annual National 4-H Congress in Atlanta, Nov. 28-Dec. 2. The delegation earned the trip by winning contests at 4-H University, which took place in June 2014.
(Distributed 12/11/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Louisiana farmers who want to become Master Farmers can begin the process by attending Phase I training on Jan. 12 at the Ike Hamilton Expo Center in West Monroe.
(Distributed 12/02/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – A horse in Port Allen, Louisiana, has been diagnosed by the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine with equine enteric coronavirus. This highly infectious RNA virus can cause intestinal distress and is more common during the colder months of the year, said LSU AgCenter equine specialist Neely Walker.
(Distributed 12/15/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter and the Prevention Research Center at Tulane University have been working with local stakeholders to identify behavioral health needs of Orleans Parish residents and are sharing best practices for improving community behavioral health.
(Distributed 12/04/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – The sixth annual Arbor Day at Burden in the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens has been scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
(Distributed 12/22/14) CROWLEY, La. – Louisiana rice farmers will get a chance to hear the latest recommendations by LSU AgCenter experts at a series of meetings in January and February.
(Distributed 12/15/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Twenty-one members of the LSU AgCenter faculty and staff were recognized for their outstanding effort and career contributions at an awards ceremony held Dec. 15 at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden.
(Distributed 12/18/14) WINNSBORO, La. – The LSU AgCenter will hold a workshop on cover crops and soil health on Jan. 21 at the Macon Ridge Research Station. Registration and refreshments will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Tom H. Scott Extension and Education Center, which is at the station. The workshop will start at 9 a.m.
(Distributed 12/03/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – The deadline for nominations for induction into the Louisiana Agriculture Hall of Distinction is Monday, Dec. 15. The inductees will be recognized at a reception and dinner at White Oak Plantation in Baton Rouge on March 5, 2015.
(Distributed 12/05/14) The Chinese pistache (Pistachio chinensis) is a medium-sized ornamental shade tree known for spectacular orange, red and crimson fall foliage colors. The fall color is great in Louisiana from early November through mid December most years.
(Distributed 12/01/14) HOUMA, La. – Citrus fruit are becoming sweeter and juicier with cooler temperatures, according to LSU AgCenter agent Barton Joffrion in Terrebonne Parish.
(For Release On Or After 12/26/14) The oaks have become a part of American culture more than many other type of tree. Oaks are a symbol of strength and durability. Strong as an oak is a common comparison.
(For Release On Or After 12/05/14) When it comes to Christmas trees, there are two basic choices – living or artificial. Although artificial trees have their place, and manufactures are producing some startlingly realistic versions, I’m going to focus on the living types, as you would expect in a gardening column.