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CREATURE CHALLENGES

A gardening tale of wonder and woe Story and Photos by Susan Jasan Living in the woods provides opportunities to observe and experience Nature’s creatures. It can also bring with it a variety of unexpected challenges for the gardener.  Sometimes gardening in the woodlands is filled with wonder and amazement, other times it is exceedingly …

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HOW LOW CAN YOU GROW?

Low-growing, low-maintenance perennials for your landscape Story and Photos by Richelle Stafne “First you spread your limbo feet, Then you move to limbo beat, Limbo ankolimboneee, Bend back like a limbo tree … Limbo lower now, Limbo lower now, How low can you [GROW]?”  Selecting low-growing, low-maintenance perennials for your landscape may be easier than doing …

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PICKERELWEED

An ongoing series of plant profiles for Louisiana landscapes Story and Photos by Yvonne Lelong Bordelon A pond filled with masses of 6-inch blue or purple flower spikes jutting from the attractive green foliage of native pickerelweed is a sight to behold. Among the flowers, you will surely see an assortment of brightly colored butterflies, …

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PLANTS THAT PREY

Bring the bog to your garden with these carnivorous plants Story and Photos by Yvonne Lelong Bordelon Carnivorous plants are amazing! These plants are engineered to capture and digest thousands of insects and even some small animals that may slip into their watery graves. Why not set aside a moist corner of your yard or …

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FEW AND FAR BETWEEN

Keep and eye out for these native, yet rarely-seen insects Story and Photos by Dr. Blake Layton Have you gotten to spend a lot of time outside in the yard and garden so far this year? If so, you have probably seen a lot of insects. Most of these were probably pest insects, but you …

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GARDENING IS FOR THE BIRDS

Keeping helpful birds around your garden is the best organic pest control Story and Photos by Kristi Cook Patience is a virtue, especially in the gardening world. I learned this lesson in a profound way one season while on a morning walk through the garden. As I scouted for disease and pests and checked the …

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TURNIPS

A vegetable deeply rooted in the South Story and Photos by A.J. Heinsz-Bailey Turnips may not be the most glamorous vegetable in garden, but they have a loyal list of followers. The Scots carved them for Halloween before pumpkins took the job. Farmers used them for livestock fodder. Vermont even named the turnip as its …

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THE HEADS UP ON LETTUCE

Growing lettuce in your Louisiana fall garden Story and Photos by A.J. Heinsz-Bailey As fall approaches both the temperature and the insect populations are decreasing, making it a great time to plant lettuce. Lettuce is easy to grow and is available in a wide variety of colors, shapes, and tastes. These are qualities that make …

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ARUGULA

The herb-like vegetable for the adventurous palate Story by Bob Westerfield and Amy Rogers Just the name itself “arugula,” might seem somewhat strange to the average home gardener. It’s not exactly what you would call a staple in the average Southern summer garden. But if you are looking for something to spice up your salad …

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