Some orchids are highly fragrant with delicious odors, while others have extremely obnoxious odors.
Whether you prefer them fresh, pickled, in salads or on a sandwich, cucumbers are a great addition to any backyard vegetable garden.
Hydrangeas are known for their extraordinary blooms and ‘Limelight’ produces a bright lime-green to white inflorescence that is sure to impress.
Many weeds in the landscape can cause a gardener to gripe.
It's a very unique and interesting way to grow fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers.
Blackberries are by far one of the easiest fruit crops to grow in south Louisiana.
Virginia buttonweed (Diodia virginiana) the number one weed problem in Southern turfgrass.
There is nothing more frustrating for a home gardeners than to see the fruits of their labors lost to diseases and pests.
Late April to early May is a great time to lift or dig these spring-flowering bulbs from the garden where possible.
A short description of commonly grown herbs for home gardens. Herbs included: anise, basil, borage, caraway, cherval, coriander, fennel, marjoram, mint, oregano, rosemary, sage, savory, sesame, tarragon, thyme.
Soil is one of the most important factors to manage when growing fruits, vegetables, turf or ornamentals.
LSU has played a critical role in the breeding and development of many cultivars that you can find at nurseries and garden centers.
Vegetables are typically divided into two categories based on how we plant them into the garden.
This is the idea of incorporating plant material that is edible into the landscape, instead of an isolated or defined food-growing area.
Potted plants do not mind being brought in and out as the weather dictates.
Keeping these leaves will help save on mulch, compost, landfill space and fertilizers. It’s almost as if money actually does grow on trees.
Improper crape myrtle pruning occurs when unnecessary "topping" of the trees is done to reduce the height.
October could be argued as the most critical month for lawn maintenance.
October's one of the greatest months of the year to get out into the vegetable garden and get some possibly long-needed maintenance accomplished.
In recent years, the idea of planting native plants has swept through the gardening world.
Many of these underground organs can be difficult to distinguish from each other. So let’s shed some light on this underground world.
We can get a head start in the garden now by planting these vegetable seeds for transplants.
The hydrangea’s reliably charming and large flowers make it one of our beloved summer-flowering shrubs of Southern garden.
Ligularia is an excellent addition to any gardener’s shade garden. Consider incorporating ligularia as a great, course-textured addition.
In Louisiana, May is one of the most important months for vegetable gardening as well as the most hectic.
Herbicides help us perform task in our landscape.
The SunPatiens is moving into uncharted territories, places where no impatiens has gone before – full sun.
Mowing your lawn at the correct height is one of the best management strategies that you can implement in your lawn maintenance routine.
Virginia willow, also called Virginia sweetspire and known botanically as Itea virginica, is one of our more popular native shrubs in Louisiana.
March is here, and now is the time to get our spring vegetable garden beds prepared and planted.
The sapsucker will typically drill horizontally parallel rows of holes in the trunks or branches of trees.
Try substituting crape myrtles with a vitex or a larger growing bottle brush.
This article will give you more information on Carolina Jessamine (Gelsemium sempervirens).
Winter is one of the best times to add Cool Season Annuals to your landscape.
May 12, from 8-2, at the LSU AgCenter Burden Center, 4560 Essen Lane, in Baton Rouge, Master Gardeners will have thousands of plants for sale. Over 300 different types of plants, hanging baskets, mixed containers and succulents are for sale for their annual fundraiser.
The dormant season is an excellent time to prune many landscape plants. Learn which plants can be pruned now and why one needs to wait to prune other plants.
Participate in the annual Arbor Day Celebration at the LSU AgCenter's Burden Center in Baton Rouge, La., and watch your tree grow over the years to benefit local wildlife and the Baton Rouge community.
The third Friday of January is Arbor Day in Louisiana. Plant trees to beautify, replace felled trees, decrease energy bills and improve comfort of life. Tree planting tips will assure a healthy start for your tree.
Tips on pruning, fertiliizing and insect prevention for citrus trees.
The Burden Center Botanical Garden was recently named an All-America Selections 'American Award Garden.' It already held the distinction of being an AAS Display Garden, located at 4560 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge, LA.
MarketMaker is an online tool that connects the buying public with Louisiana producers for the freshest vegetables, fruits, seafood, poultry, meat, herbs and honey.
The adult moths of the stinging Buck Moth Caterpillar are laying eggs in trees. Moths fly in tree canopies and lay eggs on branches that will hatch next spring.
Remember those tulips and hyacinths you purchased in October and November and have been chilling in the refrigerator for at least 6 to 8 weeks? Well, it’s now time to plant them.
Participate in the EBR City-Parish Christmas Tree recycling program this year and benefit the landfill and the environment at no cost to you.
Tips on storing lawn and garden tools to save money and time when you get ready to use them next spring.
Visit a 'choose and cut' Christmas tree farm and select a fresh tree to decorate this holiday season.
What is mistletoe? Does it harm trees? Is there a control?
By substituting some alcohol for water, leaves and flowers of forced Paperwhite Narcissus will be shorter resulting in a nicer indoor plant.
Information for the LSU AgCenter's Louisiana Master Gardener Extension Volunteer Program.
A plant worthy of increased use in local landscapes, Philippine Violet loads up with vibrant purple flowers September to November adding much needed fall color.
Turn fall tree leaves into rich compost for landscaping and vegetable gardens.
Fall and winter vegetable gardens produce a bounty of healthy and tasty vegetables.
Prevent chickweed from invading landscapes by using a pre-emergence herbicide.
The Swan series of columbines are a new LA Super Plants selection.
Apply a pre-emergence herbicide to lawns to prevent unsightly weeds this winter.
Tips on constructing a hobby greenhouse to protect tender plants.
Homegrown strawberries can't be beat! Plant transplants early November and start your harvest as early as February.
Planting perennial ryegrass in November will make your lawn green for the winter months.
Plant most spring flowering bulbs during November for a showy floral display next spring.
Fall is the prime planting time for cool season bedding plants.
Redbor kale is the first edible LA Super Plants selection and a very attractive cool season foliage plant.
Have a plant problem? Utilize the services of one of four LSU AgCenter labs. Have your soil sample analyzed, plant diseases or insects identified and nematode soil sample tested. The fee-based services include diagnoses and recommendations.
Artists are invited to participate in the annual "Brush With Burden" juried art exhibition. Entries must be received by November 30, 2011.
Answers to fall gardening problems.
Enjoy home grown or store bought fruits and vegetables by following USDA preservation guidelines.
Many fall vegetables can be planted mid-August to mid-October. As summer heat turns to cooler fall temperatures, cool-season vegetables will thrive and produce bountiful harvests.
Using a plastic bag is an easy way to root rose stem cuttings and make new plants.
Prune selected types of roses from late August through early September to promote flowering in October and November.
Plantings at the LSU AgCenter Burden Center All-America Selections Display Garden showcases the best flowers and vegetables to grow in the area. Walk the garden paths monthly to observe seasonal changes and enjoy educational "Open Houses" in the summer and fall.
A list of plant societies that meet in the Baton Rouge area and when they meet.
Save that pineapple crown and plant it. In two years you will be rewarded with your very own aromatic pineapple.
Many people have an allergic reaction to Poison Ivy. Learn how to identify and control this nuisance vine in home landscapes.
Recycle, mulch and compost lawn grass clippings and tree leaves instead of littering the community by blowing them into the steet. For alternative ideas, visit LSU AgCenter's compost display at Burden Center.
Stop littering public streets by blowing lawn grass clippings and tree leaves. Collect and use as mulch or compost and recycle. Litter makes a bad impression and costs money.
The Louisiana Dept. of Agriculture and Forestry regulates the landscape industry to help protect consumers from unprofessional workmanship.
Summer is a good time to sod a new lawn or to fill in bare areas. Summer time is also when diseases and weeds can become problems.
Tips on what to do in the garden before taking off for a vacation.
Homeowners can help prepare shade trees to better withstand hurricane force winds. Tips for hiring an aborist.
White, brown, tan and green colored ornamental cottons can attract boll weevils and pose a threat to the state's cotton industry.
Mail order catalogs and online retailers are tempting gardeners with wide selections of spring flowering bulbs. Plan ahead and place your order early for best selection.
Hang a trap outdside targeting yellowjasckets, wasps and hornets. Insects are attracted to meat and sugary drinks so protect yourself by trapping these nuisance pests.
Tha LaHouse LMG Program will begin a new LMG Class in July 2011. The application deadline has been extended to July 8.
Lantanas continue to be one of the most popular summer flowering plants in landscapes. Varieites vary in color and growth habit.
Early summer frequently asked questions.
Tips and practices you can follow to improve your gardening ability despite physical limitations.
Armadillos are attracted to lawns, vegetable gardens and flower beds ebcause the soil contains their favorite food--earthworms, grubs and such. Control armadillo damage by reducing habitat and trapping.
Hearing loss will occur from the use of powered lawn and garden equipment if hearing protection is not used. Protect yourself by wearing ear plugs or ear muffs from the damaging noise levels produced by lawn and garden tools.
Purslane and other summertime weeds can be controlled using mulch and pre-emergents. Prevent weeds and do not allow them to go to seed.
Enjoy learning about and experiencing hands-on vegetable production with LSU AgCenter experts. Flowers, vegetables and fruit will be showcased.
Research shows blueberries pack a punch when it comes to maintinaing a healthy lifestyle. Use LSU AgCenter MarketMaker to locate a pick-your-own farm near you.
Protect against killing bees by properly applying pesticides in the landscape and vegetable garden.
Water plants deeply and thoroughly for health, safety and production.
Knowing when to harvest vegetables will assure you the best flavor and highest quality form your home garden. Information for: okra, tomatoes, squash, peppers, watermelons, cucumbers, cantaloupes, and eggplants.
From Spanish moss to pineapples, bromeliads are an easy care tropical that display striking foliage and unique flowers.
Vitex 'Shaol Creek' has deeper flower color and larger flowers than the current vitex seen in landscapes. Summer tolerant and maintenance-free, vitex can be used as a specimen small tree and pruned to show off its multi-trunked nature.
What to do about sticker weed control, heat resistant tomatoes, leafminers and blossom end rot.
Successfully grow heat-loving vincas this summer by following these gardening tips.
The first annual Wine Tasting at the Burden Center will feature art in the All-American Rose Garden from C. C. Lockwood students. In addition to this, you can enjoy the garden's spectacular blooms while sampling seasonal wine varietals.
Sooty mold develops on plant leaves as a result of insects feeding on leaves and secreting honeydew.