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NO-GOOD NINE

Beat the garden bug blues this growing season Story and Photos by Dr. Blake Layton Looking forward to this year’s vegetable garden? So are many insect pests. Much like people, insects have strong preferences about which vegetables they like best. Tobacco hornworms love tomatoes but can’t stand cabbage or broccoli, while cross-striped cabbageworms’ preferences are …

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LIVING MASTERPIECES

Have you ever considered “painting with plants”? Story by Susan Crawford  Photography by Susan Albert We gardeners pride ourselves on the artistry of our landscapes, but I recently encountered a woman who takes the concept to a whole new level. Her name is Victoria Ritland and she creates framed “paintings” to display on easels in …

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ENCHANTED EVENINGS

Making use of the latest outdoor lighting technologies Story by Katie Jackson A moonlit garden is enchanting, but sometimes the moon needs a little help shedding light on a garden’s nighttime beauty. That’s when it’s time to turn to technology. One of the most helpful developments in the outdoor lighting realm is the increased availability …

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A CHERRY ON TOP!

Tiny terrific tomatoes to tempt even timid gardeners By A.J. Heinsz-Bailey Before you can repeat that tongue twister five times you will have the knowledge to grow your own tiny treasures. True tomato enthusiasts long for that first vine-ripened tomato every spring. To help shorten the wait, consider growing cherry tomatoes. These delicious morsels will …

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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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HABITAT GARDENING

Landscape designs that welcome pollinators to the garden Story and Photography by Yvonne Lelong Bordelon Attracting pollinators to the garden is an endeavor that every gardener should pursue. In addition to European honeybees and the multitude of native bees, many butterflies, hummingbirds, bats, moths, solitary wasps, and flies visit flowers to transfer pollen from the …

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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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GARDENING ON A SLOPE

From plants to pathways … easy ways to handle a tough site Story and Photos by Helen Newling Lawson Many landscapes have at least some degree of slope. In certain situations, a slope can be a design asset, allowing you to create interesting features or place certain garden elements at eye level. But steep slopes …

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GARDEN SPA DAY

Renew, refresh, and revitalize the late-summer garden Story and Photography by Richelle Stafne It’s been a long, hot summer. We could all use a spa day. Even our gardens could benefit from some renewal, refreshing, and revitalization. For some, late summer means August and for others, it’s late August through early September, even though it …

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