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Dan Gill’s dos and don’ts for gardening in the heat of summer | Home / Garden

Even avid gardeners will tell you that getting out during the summer is challenging. When you walk outside at midday, the heat and humidity are almost unbearable. I think one of the best ways to enjoy your gardens in summer is sitting in your favorite easy chair indoors, looking out of a window, or relaxing …

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Orchid-growing has gotten easier. Dan Gill explains why, and how to help them flourish at home | Home / Garden

There was a time when orchid plants were expensive to purchase. The main reason was how difficult it was to propagate orchids. This limited their availability and made them costly. Orchid plants are extremely difficult to grow from seeds. Fortunately, techniques have been developed to reliably germinate seeds on sterile nutrient media in labs. These …

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Dan Gill dishes on the top mistakes local gardeners make, and how to avoid them | Home / Garden

Gardening mistakes generally occur due to a lack of knowledge (or sometimes bad advice). If people would take the time to get the correct, locally appropriate gardening information they need from reliable sources, the number of mistakes would go down and success would improve. There are many common mistakes people make when gardening. Even knowledgeable, …

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The iris known ’round the world: Blooming La. Species can be planted now if you’re careful | Home / Garden

Louisiana iris is the name used worldwide for a unique group of Louisiana native iris species and, in particular, their hybrids. Their extraordinary beauty and reliability in the garden have made them increasingly popular, but they still deserve more recognition and use here in their home state. Though several iris species are native to Louisiana, …

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Want a garden that requires less work? Dan Gill’s tips let you work less and enjoy your space more | Home / Garden

I’m often asked for advice on how to have an attractive landscape that doesn’t demand a lot of time and effort to maintain. While there are steps you can take to reduce landscape maintenance, all landscapes take some effort to keep them looking neat and attractive. There are somethings you can do to reduce the …

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For the best home-grown tomatoes, Dan Gill explains what, how and when to plant Home / Garden

We can plant a wide variety of vegetables in the home garden this time of year, but tomatoes are the most popular. If you want to grow fresh, flavorful, vine-ripened tomatoes, now through mid-April is the best time to plant transplants. When selecting the type of tomato to grow, choose those with the characteristics you …

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Raised vegetable gardens: Everything you need to know to plant peppers, tomatoes, spinach and more | Home / Garden

If you have been thinking of starting a vegetable garden, consider building or buying a raised bed. Raised beds are popular for a variety of reasons. They drain faster than typical garden beds due to their height – a real advantage during periods of heavy rain like we have seen this month. And, overall, raised …

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Start your own plants from seed now and have them ready for the garden in the spring | Home / Garden

Now is a great time to start seeds to grow transplants for planting into flower and vegetable gardens in spring. Many annual flowers and vegetables take about six to eight weeks to produce transplants ready for the garden. Seeds of those plants started now will be ready to plant in late March or early April. …

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Call it summer overcrowding: A good time to transplant container plants Home / Garden

Many of us grow tropical plants in containers to beautify our porch, patio and deck. These plants often live two lives – they spend the summer outside when the weather is warm and they go into the house during the cold winter. We grow a variety of decorative, hardy shrubs, herbaceous plants and even smaller …

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Green Thumb: Great veggies come in containers – and we don’t mean cans | Home / Garden

Have you ever thought about growing vegetables in containers? Container gardens can provide a way to grow vegetables when suitable land is not available. Apartment dwellers may only have a sunny patio or balcony where pots could be placed. In some yards, the only areas that get the full sun vegetables are covered by concrete. …

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