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Fall Back to Basics

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...

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Prepare 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...

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Plan your Fall Garden Now

Summertime is the best time to just sit back and enjoy your garden. And while you’re at it, you can start thinking about fall gardening. Other than watering, occasional fertilizing and weed upkeep (mostly mechanically because chemicals can no...

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Benefits of Mulch

  Mulch helps plants and keeps soil healthy. All plants greatly benefit from mulching.  The application or re-application of mulch is important to provide your garden once per year. Cedar or cypress bark is recommended due to its...

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Gypsum - The Universal Soil Amendment

  Gypsum is calcium sulfate. The most common form of it is the dehydrate which means that each molecule of calcium sulfate has two water molecules associated with it. It is expressed as CaSO42H20. The other form called gypsum anhydrite has no...

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The Joy of Bird Feeding

                                            Why feed birds? It takes time, money, effort, and dedication to...

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For the Birds: Common Feeder Birds in Acadiana

Bird Feeder Foods Feeder Types Year-round     Blue Jay Black oil sunflower, hulled sunflower, striped sunflower, whole  peanuts, peanut hearts  safflower, millet Hopper, Tray, Whole peanut, Cylinder Brown-headed...

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In the Zone: An Article on Plant Growing Zones

  Have you gone to a nursery to purchase a plant only to be confused by the zone indicated? Usually the zone on the label is the plant hardiness zone, but it is becoming common to include heat zones. First, let’s discuss plant...

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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,...

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