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10 Easy Fall Plants to Add in your Garden (and Why)

Fall brings a great range of plants to bring in the season, from heat tolerant plants to endure a long, hot fall, to cold-lovers that will survive through to spring! Here are ten seasonal favorites. Croton This tropical foliage plant would really do well throughout the warm season, but it is a fantastic addition to

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Croton Is the Cure for a Drab Fall Landscape

Fall is just around the corner, but we know it feels an awful lot like summer. These temperatures are likely to persist for the next month, if not longer, and true fall color on the trees in the area might be months further away. The tropical croton (Codaeum variegatum) is the cure for drab Louisiana

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Louisiana: Vegetable Planting Calendar

Starting to plan the fall veggie garden? Or already elbows deep in it? Have you seen this handy informational sheet on planting and harvest dates from the Urban Farmer? This is a good guide to the last and first frost dates throughout the state, as well as a crop-by-crop calendar for the year. We typically

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Fall for Landscape Planting

Fall is coming, and you are encouraged to add new plants to your landscape at this time of year. There’s no better horticultural time than now. Most people plant trees, shrubs and ground covers in spring, but fall is really the best time to plant. By planting in fall – October through mid-December – we

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Fall Back to Basics: What/How to Plant & Prep

From the ground up: Soil preparation for fall planting When planting in containers, choose a good quality potting soil or container mix. Some may have a slow release fertilizer in them. When planting in established beds, refresh soil with compost, bed builder, soil conditioner, etc. When starting new flower beds or vegetable beds, start with

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Prepare Your Garden for Fall

Assess the Damage A flower garden can tell you a lot at the end of the growing season. You’ll want to assess the results of all your spring and summer work, and prepare the garden for next spring. First, take a walk around your garden and look at how all the plants did over the summer. Track successes

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Starting a Fall Butterfly Garden

Thinking about starting a butterfly garden, or just trying to figure out which flowers to add to maximize for full impact this fall? Read this article by the LSU AgCenter, whether you are trying to deepen your knowledge of these backyard beauties, or just refresh and search for new ideas. Top flowers for fall will

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Refreshing Water Gardens

In the heat of the summer, create a “cool,” refreshing water garden. Once the garden is created, it will relax and soothe your stress after a long day! Water-tolerant plants and a fountain element enhance a summer outdoor experience. Creating a water garden can be done from a kit or DIY.  Regardless of the method

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Made for the Shade Garden

Shade is a lovely place to be during the hot Louisiana summers. Gardening in the shade can be a nice relief not only for ourselves, but for our plants. We are all aware of how intense the summer sun can be here in Southeast Louisiana, so take advantage of those pockets of shade you might

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Pollinator Educator: Urban Pollinator Conservation Series @ LSU

Pollinator Gardening in Louisiana Pollinators are animals that transfer pollen from one plant to another. They are essential for the production of many crops and wildflowers. The honey bee is arguably the most important, but bumblebees, solitary native bees, butterflies, moths, flies and even beetles can also serve as pollinators. Pollinator declines have gained much attention

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