LOUISIANA ARTICLE ARCHIVE

Below you will find our growing collection of Louisiana-specific articles. Enjoy!

WHITE SPIDER LILY

Story and Photos By Yvonne Lelong Bordelon Native swamp spider lily (Hymenocallis occidentalis) is a moisture-loving perennial plant that sports clusters of 6-8-inch, ghostly white, richly fragrant flowers. The gorgeous spring blooms also attract pollinators, including hummingbirds, and the plants are highly deer resistant. Who could ask for more? In the wild, this easy-to-grow member …

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COEXISTING

Don’t forget the animals By Dan Gill Although we gardeners mostly focus on plants, we must admit that animals are also a part of our gardens. Many of the animals that inhabit or visit our gardens are never noticed, some are noticed and appreciated, some are decidedly not welcome, and some are tolerated with affection. …

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NATIVE PIEDMONT AZALEA

By Yvonne Lelong Bordelon The beautiful fragrant flower clusters of native Piedmont azalea put on a show in early spring just as the leaves are emerging. These hardy, deciduous shrubs, which grow along creeks, swamps, bluffs, and in moist flatwoods, can form colonies and will also hybridize readily with other native Rhododendron species. In the …

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WHY USE NATIVE PLANTS?

Here’s a list of lists about why you should use more native plants in your landscape Gardeners are constantly looking for ways to make gardening easier and more carefree. “Low maintenance” is often the holy grail for most of us. One of the easiest to reduce the “work” of gardening is to use plants native …

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MAKE MINE SPICY!

Growing your own hot peppers at home By A.J. Heinsz-Bailey If you have never sat at the kitchen table with your eyes watering, mouth on fire, and nose dripping asking for one more ‘Carolina Reaper’ you might be missing a culinary delight. Since you live in the South, you probably like it hot and ‘Tabasco’ …

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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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SPRING FEVER

You don’t need a doctor to tell you the treatment By Dan Gill There is a malady that affects gardeners every year in the spring. Symptoms usually begin to appear around March, although I’m so badly affected I often detect an early onset in February. By the time April arrives, you can stop by any …

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HUMBLE EARTH GARDEN

By Leslie Leonpacher Humble Earth garden … the name doesn’t quite do this place justice. If by being humble you mean that this garden provides a sustainable, renewable environment then perhaps it is aptly named, but it is so much more. Sanctuary, nurturing environment …  however you label it, for some creatures these places are …

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FROM STUDENT TO TEACHER

Dr. Charlie Johnson By Kathryn Fontenot Gardening is challenging. Storms, diseases, herds of insects, and unidentifiable problems lurk out there. The unpredictability and the constant need to prevent or overcome hurdles is why it is absolutely imperative that all gardeners learn from one another.  Dr. Charlie Johnson has shared his experiences with many budding gardeners …

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