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A person with yellow gloves on planting a shrub.
January 27, 2020 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Flower Gardens, Landscape Management, Vegetable Gardens

It may be chilly outside, but don’t let that deter you from going outside and working in your garden and landscape. Grab a jacket and your gardening tools, there is plenty to be done during February! 

A tree planted in green grass with brown mulch around it.
January 21, 2020 - Filed Under: Landscape Architecture, Trees

If you are planning your spring garden chores, mulching is likely on your list. But you may not know that there is a right and wrong way to apply mulch.

A group of house plants sitting next to a window.
January 10, 2020 - Filed Under: Cut Flowers and Houseplants

If you need something green to brighten up your space or get you through the winter months, there is a plant out there for you. But efore you shop for plants, understand the environment of your home or office because different plants have different needs. You must consider six factors when choosing indoor plants if you want to be successful: light, temperature, water, humidity, soil, and fertilization. 

January 10, 2020 - Filed Under: Commercial Fruit and Nuts

Blueberry growers and others interested in growing blueberries commercially can learn more about the crop during an upcoming workshop.

A person with green gloves pruning a tree with yellow leaves.
December 16, 2019 - Filed Under: Master Gardener, Lawn and Garden, Flower Gardens, Landscape Management, Vegetable Gardens

Do you have improving your garden or landscape on your New Year’s resolution list? If you don’t, you should! Each month, we are going to offer a few suggested tasks to do. So, without further ado, here are four tasks for you to complete in your garden and landscape during the month of January:

 
Ripe muscadines on a vine with green foliage.
November 12, 2019 - Filed Under: Fruit

Video by Michaela Parker

Muscadines are a great fruit to grow at your home, especially here in Mississippi. They thrive in warm, humid weather, making them the perfect fruit to grow in your backyard! If you have been thinking about setting up a muscadine vineyard, here are a few tips to get you started.

Multiple sweet potatoes in a box.
November 8, 2019 - Filed Under: Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes and yams. They’re the same thing, right?

Not really. They look and taste different. Sweet potatoes (Ipomoea batatas) are sweeter with a smooth, thin skin. (Photo by Kevin Hudson)

Eric Stafne kneels beside a newly planted blueberry bush.
November 5, 2019 - Filed Under: Commercial Fruit and Nuts, Fruit

Blueberries aren’t just delicious. They’re high in antioxidants, fiber, and vitamins, which is part of the reason they have gained popularity in our kitchens. (Photo by Jonathan Parrish/MSU Extension)

A pecan tree orchard with an irrigation system.
November 1, 2019 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Commercial Fruit and Nuts

RAYMOND, Miss. -- Despite the weather challenges this year, most Mississippi pecan producers expect a good yield.

However, a wet spring and late-summer drought could mean nut loss and lessened nut quality for some growers.

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October 17, 2019 - Filed Under: Environment

If you have caladiums in your landscape and want to be sure they come back next year, you’ll need to dig them up just before the first frost. Mississippi’s winters are too cold for the plants to survive in the ground.

Ripe muscadines on the vine.
October 15, 2019 - Filed Under: Fruit

If you want to grow muscadines at your home, choosing the right variety can be intimidating. With so many varieties to pick from, how do you know you’re picking the right one?

A man kneels in a flower bed next to some plants.
September 24, 2019 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Flower Gardens

Fall is one of the best times to divide perennials, such as daylilies and irises. It is best to divide these kinds of plants when they are not blooming. If you don’t get this task done in fall, don’t worry. You can divide perennials throughout the winter and into early spring.

Dark brown soil in a small white box.
September 3, 2019 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Flower Gardens, Soil Testing, Vegetable Gardens

You’ve spent all summer planting and maintaining your garden or mowing your lawn and are ready for a break. But before you put your landscape to bed for a long winter’s nap, consider applying lime.

A crowd sits under tents as a speaker addresses them.
August 7, 2019 - Filed Under: Fruit

People can learn about timely topics related to muscadine vines during the 2019 Muscadine Field Day Aug. 29 in Carriere.

A wooden stake is wrapped with white string to support the adjacent tomato plant. A man stands behind the stake and points to the string.
August 6, 2019 - Filed Under: Vegetable Gardens

If you planted fall tomatoes, soon you’ll need to install a support system to keep the branches and fruit off the ground. There are three different systems for supporting tomatoes: staking, trellising, and caging.

A closeup of signal grass blades shows grayish areas from armyworm damage.
August 1, 2019 - Filed Under: Grasses, Insects-Forage Pests, Management - Forages

Mississippi forage producers can grow a bountiful crop, but they are fighting wet weather and pests to harvest all of it.

Rocky Lemus, forage and grazing specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service and researcher with the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, said hay harvest is about 5% behind where it was this time last year.

A man holds pruning loppers as he stands next to a tall blueberry bush.
July 16, 2019 - Filed Under: Commercial Fruit and Nuts, Fruit

Pruning is a task I put off, and my blueberry bushes serve as a testament to this fact. Mainly, I am unsure how to do it correctly most of the time and don’t want to kill my plants.

A small, white sign on top of a silver stake in the foreground tells what kind of cotton plants are behind it. In the background are rows of cotton plants with green leaves but not yet containing cotton blooms.
July 12, 2019 - Filed Under: Cotton

All of Mississippi’s 2019 cotton crop has emerged, but it’s off to a slow start.

Of approximately 700,000 acres of cotton planted statewide this year, 57% is rated fair or worse by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as of July 8.

A flower arrangement with various types of flowers and greenery is displayed.
June 26, 2019 - Filed Under: Cut Flowers and Houseplants, Floral Design

A new floral design course intended to enhance skills and inspire community volunteerism is now easily accessible to floral enthusiasts statewide.

Multiple clusters of blueberries in varying stages of ripeness adorn a branch covered with green leaves.
May 28, 2019 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Flower Gardens, Herb Gardens, Trees, Vegetable Gardens

If edibles are on your list for the landscape or garden this year, check out the list of Mississippi Medallion winners. They are proven performers when it comes to our Mississippi climate.

Our horticulture experts help select several plants, including fruits and vegetables, each year that make the cut. 

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