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Peppers are a popular crop in the home garden, especially in Louisiana. These colorful fruit range from sweet and mild to hot in flavor.
Tips for the home gardener on planting onions, shallots, garlic and leeks, plus information on their pests and diseases.
Tips for planting broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage and cauliflower in the home garden.
The eggplant is believed to be a native vegetable of the Far East. Nutritionally, it is a good source of fiber and is high in Vitamin B and K. (PDF format only)
Squash and pumpkins are among the most popular and productive warm- season vegetables in Louisiana. This publication includes information on the varieties, culture, pollination and pest problems of both squash and pumpkins. (PDF Format Only)
The tomato is one of the most popular vegetables grown in home gardens. It requires little space when staked and tied and can produce 5 or more pounds of usable fruit per plant. Find information on varieties, soils, cultural practices and common pests and diseases. (PDF Format Only)
Irish potatoes are a cool-season vegetable grown in the late winter and spring in Louisiana and, to some extent, in late summer and fall. This publication includes information on varieties, insects, diseases, harvesting and storing of Irish potatoes. (PDF Format Only)
Recommendations on sweet corn varieties, cultural practices, diseases and pests for the home gardener.
Cucumber is a warm-season vegetable that yields a high return for the space it occupies.
Mirlitons are susceptible to a common fungal disease called powdery mildew. Mirliton powdery mildew is caused by Podosphaera xanthii.
A brief guide on how and when to grow vegetables for small scale gardeners.
Citrus leaves, blooms, aroma and color add to the aesthetic value of the landscape. This 16-page, full-color guide includes recommended varieties and descriptions; tips on site selection, planting, spacing and pruning; and images of citrus insect pests and common citrus diseases. (PDF format only)
Louisiana's warm, humid weather encourages the development of several serious diseases that can damage rose bushes. This publication describes the major rose diseases found in Louisiana and offers disease management tips. (PDF Format Only)
This document can be used to learn how to schedule irrigation for crops using multiple tools.
Oleander leaf scorch (OLS) is a deadly disease of oleander that was first reported in California in the early 1990s.
Native pollinators have evolved close associations with the plants specific to their native regions.
Encouraging and maintaining healthy native bee populations in your yard requires the presence of nesting habitat in addition to forage.
A number of common vegetable and fruit plants can serve a dual function of providing food and habitat specifically for native pollinators.
Rose rosette disease is caused by a virus known as Rose rosette virus. It is a devastating disease of roses – particularly since all cultivars are susceptible.
Downy mildew of sweet basil is a destructive disease that was first detected in the United States in 2007.
Citrus greening, also known as yellow shoot disease or huanglongbing, is one of the most devastating diseases of citrus worldwide.
Lichens are fascinating plants. They are composed of two different organisms – a fungal partner and a photosynthetic partner living in a symbiotic relationship.
Bacterial gall on Loropetalum (Loropetalum chinense) is caused by a plant pathogenic bacterium called Pseudomonas savastanoi.
Sweet olive is susceptible to a bacterial disease called leaf scorch, which is caused by Xylella fastidiosa.
Boxwood blight, also known as box blight, is a fungal disease caused by Calonectria pseudonaviculata (Cylindrocladium pseudonaviculata, C. buxicola).
Bitter rot of apple is a fungal disease commonly caused by two species known as Colletotrichum gloeosporioides and C. acutatum.
Like Spanish moss, ball moss is an epiphyte and belongs to family Bromeliaceae.
Citrus canker is a bacterial disease caused by Xanthomonas citri subsp. citri. It is thought to have originated in Southeast Asia.
Large patch is the most common disease of warm-season turfgrasses in Louisiana. This disease is caused by the soilborne fungus Rhizoctonia solani.
In Louisiana, Canary Island date palm (Phoenix canariensis Hort. Ex Chabaud) is a signature palm planted in New Orleans and nearby cities.
This publication is intended to introduce home vegetable gardeners to the various methods used to manage the many diseases that affect these crops. (PDF Format Only)
Leaf mold, caused by the fungus Passalora fulva, can cause severe defoliation and yield losses to tomatoes produced in the field in the southern United States.
Tomato yellow leaf curl is a relatively new whitefly-transmitted virus disease of tomatoes in the United States.
Rosette disease is a destructive fungal disease of blackberries in Louisiana.
Bacterial gall on Loropetalum (Loropetalum chinense) is caused by a plant pathogenic bacterium called Pseudomonas savastanoi. The bacterium is also known to cause galls/knots on olives and oleanders. Other important known hosts include ash, privet and forsythia.
A properly constructed and maintained playing surface is an important component of the overall athletic facility. This publication includes information on the construction and maintence of athletic field turfgrass. (PDF format only)
Growing your own fruit can be profitable and satisfying, and many fruit trees can add beauty to your landscape. But you can't expect to grow quality fruit without caring for the plants. This publication explains how your success will depend largely on variety selection, soil management, pruning, fertilization, pest control and other cultural practices. (PDF Format Only)
You have many choices in lawn and garden tractors. Size, quality and cost vary widely, which means selecting the correct tractor for your use can be bewildering. This information can help you select the right tractor and use it efficiently and safely. (PDF Format Only)
Ants range from mildly irritating to highly annoying. Knowing the species, its biology and potential control methods can help you manage them. This is a useful reference for pest management professionals, extension personnel and homeowners. A key to ants, color photographs, diagrams and a glossary are included. Spiral-bound copies are available for $12.50 each. To purchase using a major credit card, click on "order publication."
A lawn can be as functional as it is beautiful if planned properly. Recommended varieties, degree of shade, planting and establishment and other site considerations are included. (PDF Format Only)
Greenhouse tomatoes are about a $2.2 million business in Louisiana, assuming growers can sell what they produce for a profit. Learn the secrets of turning a profit from your tomatoes. (PDF Format Only)
Interest in commercial sod production has risen because of increased demand for an instant turf by many building contractors and their customers. This publication discusses basic cultural practices and equipment required to produce quality sod. (PDF format only)
Good marketing is the process of fulfilling the objectives of both the buyer and the seller. The factors you have some control over are the 4 Ps of product, price, placement and promotion. Here are some tips to help you tune up your produce marketing plan. (PDF Format Only)
Centipede grass is a popular lawn grass in Louisiana. This publcation covers factors that contribute to centipede decline: improper plant nutrition, cultural practices, and soil and water conditions. (PDF Format Only)
We often see lawns with mushrooms or doughnut rings of dying or dark green grass. These are referred to as "fairy rings." This publication includes information on how to control fairy rings in your lawn. (PDF Format Only)
Louisiana is blessed with long growing seasons that make year-round gardening possible. To be successful, however, you must have an insect management program. Learn how to tell if the insect is beneficial to your garden or if it is a pest, and determine what to use if controls are necessary. (PDF format only)
Although the earth’s crust is about 5% iron (Fe), we still see iron deficiency in plants. This publication includes tips on how to care for your turfgrass. (PDF Format Only)
The red imported fire ant, a Louisiana resident since the early 1950s, can be a painful pest or a beneficial friend. Depending on your situation, you may want to manage these ants or simply let them go about their helpful way. Eradication vs. management of the fire ant is discussed in this fact sheet. (PDF Format Only)
The most important cultural practice the homeowner with pecan trees needs to consider is proper fertilization. This publication includes information and guidelines for fertilizing pecan trees. (PDF Format Only)
Figs are tasty and can be eaten fresh, made into preserves and jams, or used in baking. Figs are commonly grown in all areas of Louisiana. All fig varieties discussed in this publication produce a main crop. Learn cultural practices and fertilization, disease and insect control, how to handle and process your fruit, and how to prune the trees. 8 pages (PDF Format Only)
This publication includes information on conserving existing trees, planting and transplanting, pruning, tree fertilization, street and parking area plantings, tree evaluation, tree lists and a quick tree selection guide. (PDF Format Only)
If we manage our lawns correctly and use proper cutting practices, we can have nice lawns and rarely be bothered with clippings. Learn how to leave clippings in place without creating problems for your lawn. (PDF format only)
This publication is intended to help you select the correct zero turning radius mower for your purpose, then use it and maintain it correctly and safely. (PDF Format Only)
Properly identifying the ant species is the first step in determining whether and how to control them. In this publication there are options for managing various kinds of imported fire ant problems.
Tractors from major manufacturers tend to be well-designed, reliable and a pleasure to use. You can choose from a wide range of sizes, prices and features as well as a wide range of implements and accessories. This publication helps you select a tractor to meet your needs. (PDF Format Only)
In Louisiana, Canary Island date palm (Phoenix canariensis Hort. Ex Chabaud) is a signature palm planted in New Orleans and nearby cities. In 2009, a lethal disease called Fusarium wilt was detected on Canary Island date palms in Louisiana. The disease, which is caused by a soil-borne fungus called Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. canariensis, previously had been known to occur in California, Florida and Nevada.
Rose rosette disease is caused by a virus known as Rose rosette virus. It is a devastating disease of roses – particularly since all cultivars are susceptible, including Knock Out roses and wild multiflora roses (Rosa multiflora).
Troubleshooting: Symptoms, possible causes and prescriptions for your composting problems. (PDF Format Only)
Organic gardening is popular in the United States, and interest is increasing in Louisiana. Organic gardening encourages particular garden practices that use natural biological cycles, enhance diversity and are ecologically sound. (PDF Format Only)
Proper identification is the key to sucessful disease management. This fact sheet is intended to aid in the identification and management of this disease. (PDF format only)
Leaf and crown rot is a common problem on liriope (or lily turf) in both nursery and landscape settings. All species and cultivars of liriope are reported to be susceptible to this disease. Proper identification is the key to sucessful disease management. This fact sheet is intended to aid in the identification and management of this disease. (PDF format only)
Vines for Louisiana Landscapes is a new full-color, 16-page publication from the LSU AgCenter about how you can use vines in your landscapes. With 19 photographs, it covers everything from Confederate jasmine to Chinese wisteria and includes recommendations for selecting the right type of vine for your situation, as well as tips on planting and maintenance. Cost: $5 plus tax and shipping.
This new full-color, 20-page publication includes 19 photographs of some of the favorite ground covers for our area. It covers such topics as choosing the right ground cover, preparing the planting area, planting recommendations, maintenance advice and more. Cost: $5 plus tax and shipping. You can order this book through the online store. Click on link below.
Rainfall sensors are necessary for automatic in-ground irrigation systems to bypass irrigation events during rainfall to conserve water resources and maintain plant health. (pdf format only)
Onions are popular in much of the country, but shallots and garlic are every bit as important, and maybe more, in Louisiana . Recommended varieties, culture, pest control, harvest and use of onions, shallots and garlic are included in this publication. (PDF Format Only)
This fact sheet is intended to aid in the identification and management of phytophthora blight on peppers
A guide to manage weeds in your home vegetable garden. (PDF Format Only)
A practical guide to determining when to harvest and how to store produce from your Louisiana spring and summer vegetable gardens. (PDF Format Only)
A transplant is a small plant germinated from a seed. Growing your own vegetable transplants is very rewarding. By using these basic tips, you’ll be able to grow all kinds of exciting vegetable varieties in your own backyard. (PDF Format Only)
A practical guide to determining when to harvest and how to store produce from your Louisiana fall vegetable garden. (PDF Format Only)
Constructing raised beds for the home vegetable garden. (PDF Format Only)
Strawberries are a great addition to the home garden. Whether you intend on growing just a few plants in a container or multiple rows in the garden, following the advice provided in this guide (weather permitting) will lead to a successful harvest. (PDF Format Only)
Growing lettuce in the home garden just makes sense because we consume so much of this versatile vegetable. Because lettuce is a fast-growing crop, it can be planted multiple times from late summer into the fall season. (PDF Format Only)
Gardening is one of Louisiana’s most popular activities, and this publication is designed to provide Louisiana vegetable gardeners with a comprehensive guidebook to help them get the most from their gardens. The 120-page, spiral-bound, full-color guide provides a variety of photos and illustrations. Revised Oct. 2014. Cost: $20 plus tax and shipping. You can order this book through our online store by using the Order Publication link below.
Rose rosette disease is caused by a virus. It is a devastating disease of roses – particularly since all cultivars are susceptible, including Knock Out roses and wild multiflora rose. Although rose rosette disease produces unique symptoms on roses, those symptoms can be easily confused with symptoms caused by other diseases, pests, stresses and other factors. (PDF format only)
This publication has information on the varieties, pollination, soil preparation, planting and cultivation of vegetable pears. (PDF Format Only)
This series provides a variety of information for home vegetable gardeners. Topics include beans, cabbage, corn, cucumbers, eggplants, potatoes, squash, tomatoes, peppers, onions, shallots, garlic and many more of the favorites of home gardeners.
Chinese cabbage grows well in Louisiana vegetable gardens. Chinese cabbage is an excellent substitute for head lettuce in salads and sandwiches.
Learn how to grow lima, snap and other beans in your home garden using the latest cultural practices, pest control and harvesting techniques. (PDF Format Only)
Pecan spittlebugs are found throughout the pecan-producing regions of Louisiana and can be a serious pest. The severity of infestations varies from year to year and from orchard to orchard. Life cycle, type of injury and control information are included. (PDF Format Only)