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All Seasons Blog

Bud Bank: Saving Seeds for Later

Learn what seeds to save from your garden and how to store them. Q: Is there anything I can do now as my garden dwindles down to save some of my annual flowers and vegetable seeds for next year? The short answer is yes! What to Save It’s important to know whether the seeds you

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Agave: The Ultimate Landscape Succulent

Cacti and succulents are the hallmark of landscapes out west. They embody a toughness against the elements and offer bold, architectural shapes for the landscape. Premier among those suitable for gardening are the agaves. These long-lived perennial plants can be used just as effectively in south Louisiana gardens. Remember, though, these are plants from very

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Summer Watering: Life or Death to your Plants

Lots of new planting gets done every spring. Proper watering can make the difference between life and death to newly planted lawns, trees, shrubs, ground covers, and bedding and vegetable transplants during summer. Because their roots have not had time to grow out into the surrounding soil, these plants do not yet have well-established root

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Don’t Sizzle in Summer: Plant Aloe

Aloes are succulent plants that are originally from the Arabian Peninsula, Africa, and the Indian Ocean region, so they are a great plant to think of in this summertime heat! Like most succulents, these plants like plenty of sun and very low water. They can be grown indoors in very bright light, such as a

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Top 10 “Sun”sational Summer Succulent Varieties

Kalanchoe pumila – Flower Dust Plant This creeping, silver-grey groundcover is a gem in hanging baskets! Sporting pink flowers to accent the ashy, silver leaves, it can take the heat but is also hardy enough to survive light freezes. It will love to be in a dry hanging basket, requiring a fraction of the water

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Care for Roses in Summer

Summer heat can stress many plants in the landscape. One of the plants not especially happy during extreme heat of mid-late summer are most roses. Proper care is important as roses enter this most stressful time of the year. Regular watering, mulching, deadheading and insect, disease and weed control are the major issues. Pruning Now

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5 Natural Ways to Mosquito-Proof Your Yard

Keep pests at bay and stay bite-free with these easy tips and DIY project — no chemicals required. Mosquitoes are more than just a nuisance; they can also carry dangerous diseases like the West Nile virus and the Zika virus. Banish Standing Water The best way to keep mosquitoes at bay is to eliminate their

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Colorful Caladiums for Shady Summer Spots

Caladiums are an A+ selection for reliable color in areas that get some shade. And one investment can provide years of color. Easy enough for the casual gardener to expect routine success, the caladium’s elegant beauty also makes it a staple in the most accomplished gardener’s landscape. Native to tropical South America, caladiums grow from

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There May be a Fungus Among Us

  Fungus- they wait until the conditions are prime, then they attack! What are the prime conditions? One can define the right conditions in which fungus and diseases thrive as our Louisiana summers – hot temperatures with high humidity! Add days after days of rain, not allowing a drying out period, and prime conditions are

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Project Bird Feeder

In these new weeks of summer, try a fun activity with the kids to get them outside and thinking of their feathered friends! Decorate pine cones or toilet paper rolls with seeds for them to have a yummy summer treat. Here’s how to do it: -Tie a string to the top portion of a pine

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