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BANANA PEPPERS

Some like ‘em hot, some like ‘em not Story and Photos by A.J. Heinsz-Bailey Nearly all Louisianans have encountered peppers – in a culinary dish or in their gardens. Stuffed bell peppers have always been a church potluck staple and hot sauce – Tabasco or another – is a common table condiment.  Banana peppers are …

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THE LANGUAGE OF PLANTS

Listen to what your plant is telling you Story and Photos by Susan Jasan Just as we communicate through facial expressions and the spoken and written word, plants communicate as well. When we learn a foreign language, it is to understand our neighbors, just as it is important for gardeners to understand the language of …

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SHISHITO PEPPERS

The new gourmet ‘it’ vegetable for Southern kitchens Story and Photos by Cynthia Wood While on a food and native plant pilgrimage to Austin, Texas, I was offered a small plate of charred, wrinkly green peppers sprinkled with sea salt. The waiter said that the peppers were called shishitos and that they were native to …

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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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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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MORE THAN MULCH

MORE THAN MULCH What to plant under trees in your landscape Story and Photography by Jennifer Williams As you walk through a forest, you may notice the layer of leaf litter and other plant debris covering the forest floor, but what you more than likely will not notice is the diversity of plants growing under …

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AVOIDING BAD NEIGHBORS

Keep these plants away from each other By Diane Beyer Everyone has had an experience with a bad neighbor. There are various reasons for considering a neighbor “bad,” but most of them have an element of “chemistry” in them somewhere. Some people just don’t get along. It’s no different in the plant world. Since plants …

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THE CILANTRO IMPOSTER

Papalo is a bold herb that loves the heat Story and Photography by Cindy Shapton Tired of running out to the garden to get some fresh cilantro for your salsa only to find it has bolted in the heat of summer?  You may want to plant papalo (PAH-pa-low) next spring. Referred to as summer cilantro, …

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DRIVING ME CRAZY

Thug plants to avoid in the landscape Story and Photography by Susan Albert Everyone who gardens can relate to the oft-used phrase “garden thugs.” During the experimental stage, when early gardeners eagerly try many plants with wild abandon, they may come across some decidedly ornery plants that cause extra work removing their offspring. And while …

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