Ag News for February 2015

Bennett Joffrion  |  2/18/2015 9:19:07 PM

2015 La-Terre Master Gardener Class

LSU AgCenter Super Plants

The Louisiana Super Plants program is an LSU AgCenter educational and marketing campaign that highlights tough and beautiful plants that perform well in Louisiana landscapes.

Louisiana Super Plants selection have a history of outstanding performance in Louisiana or have gone through several years of university evaluations and observations.

Louisiana Super Plants are “University tested and industry approved”. You click here for more information. Click here to find participating retail nurseries near you.

I have the latest cool-season, warm season shrubs and trees in a publication #79 at my office in Houma.

Master Gardener 2015 Class Completion

We just completed a very successful Master Gardener Class with thirteen participants completing the program course.

The next class will begin in January 2016. If you are interested, you can call my office at 985-873-6495 and put your name and email on a list for our next class in 2016.

Lawn Fertilization

The temptation is there to begin fertilizing our lawns, but now is not the time to fertilize.

Our soil temperature need to warm up. The general recommendation as to when to fertilize our lawns in South Louisiana is late March to early April. Putting nitrogen out now on lawns can really encourage the lawn disease called brown patch.

We have an excellent LSU AgCenter publication on Louisiana Lawns titled “Louisiana Lawns Best Management Practices”. The publication has information on fertility diseases, insects, and weed control.

Vegetables to Plant in March

Plant snap beans, Swiss chard, radishes, lettuce, collard mustard, turnips, and sweet corn seeds directly into the ground. Plant tomato, pepper, and eggplant transplants after March 15th. Cantaloupes, squash, cucumber, and watermelon really need warmer soils to perform their best. Make sure all frost are over before planting these vegetables.

We also have our revised Louisiana Vegetable Planting Guide – that test the latest varieties for Louisiana.

Question: When is the best time to plant warm season bedding plants in South Louisiana?
Answer: Mid-March. For best results, plant petunias by mid-March but wait to plant periwinkles (vinca) in late April for best results.

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