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Rich, wide, dark-green leaves with white veins rise from an unfurling center.
January 18, 2019 - Filed Under: Vegetable Gardens

If there’s one vegetable that could be considered the ultimate home-grown vegetable in Mississippi, it has to be collards.

Collards were chosen as a 2019 Mississippi Medallion winner because they are considered absolutely necessary for true Southern cuisine. As a bonus, they’re really easy for home gardeners to grow.

A man with a white goatee and dark-framed glasses leans on a table behind a small LED table lamp and a tray of seedlings. He wears a blue floral Hawaiian shirt and brown hat.
January 18, 2019 - Filed Under: Vegetable Gardens

For people who love gardening, the long, dark, cold winter months can be torture. Gardening catalogs are fine, but their allure can only last so long before we want to get our hands back in the soil! (Photo by Jonathan Parrish/Cindy Callahan)

Dozens of blue flowers bloom above an uninterrupted sea of green leaves
January 14, 2019 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

Many home gardeners look forward to this time of year to browse catalogs in search of great new plants to enjoy in their 2019 landscapes.

January 9, 2019 - Filed Under: Floral Design

People of all ages and experience levels can learn to make various floral arrangements during the spring series of floral design workshops beginning Feb. 19.

One cluster of pink, crinkled flowers and some seed-heads are visible with dark-green foliage in the background.
January 7, 2019 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

This January’s temperatures have been drastically different from what we saw during last year’s first month.

January 4, 2019 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Soil Testing

The Mississippi State University Extension Service Soil Testing Lab has new equipment that allows it to offer an expanded range of services to clients.

January 4, 2019 - Filed Under: Pesticide Applicator Certification, Insects, Turfgrass and Lawn Management

Agricultural professionals are invited to attend the 2019 General Pest Management Workshop Jan. 24 at the Central Mississippi Research and Extension Center in Raymond.

The colorful covers of about 20 gardening catalogs are fanned out on display.
December 31, 2018 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

As I'm writing this last Southern Gardening column of 2018, I'm trying to take one more look back before plunging headlong into the 2019 gardening season that's just around the corner. But I'm having trouble concentrating because the mail carrier is distracting me.

Two-tone, yellow flowers bloom on green foliage at the base of a small tree planted in a container.
December 24, 2018 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

2018 was quite a year in our Mississippi gardens and landscapes: hot and dry, humid and rainy. Every year, there are winners and losers when we garden, and such is the nature of the gardening game. 

Blue signs stating “absorb” and “delay” mark brick tiers in a landscape growing pink flowers and reed-like stems.
December 19, 2018 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Landscape Architecture, Smart Landscapes

A well-designed landscape can subtly slow down and filter excess water, an important job for Mississippi gardens.

A small pink stocking with a white fuzzy top hangs from a Christmas tree inside a house.
December 17, 2018 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

With the Christmas celebration approaching, I’ve been thinking about favorite traditions, past and present. It probably comes as no surprise that many of these traditions are food related.

December 12, 2018 - Filed Under: Insects-Crop Pests, Soybeans, Plant Diseases and Nematode Diagnostic Services

The Mississippi State University Extension Service will offer free testing for a significant crop pest through Aug. 30, 2019.

A black mailbox rises above a sea of green foliage and delicate clusters of mostly orange flowers.
December 10, 2018 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

The questions being emailed to me are literally filling up my inbox. I thought I’d share a couple of these questions, along with and my answers that should help home gardeners before we head into the 2019 spring and summer gardening seasons.

A closeup of grouped poinsettias with variegated red, white, and green leaves.
December 7, 2018 - Filed Under: Cut Flowers and Houseplants

If you love adding poinsettias to your Christmas décor, you may have found it difficult to keep them looking good in the past.

That’s because these delicate plants are finicky when it comes to air temperature and water. (Photo by Jonathan Parrish/Cindy Callahan)

Bright red and green ornamental peppers stand out against a background of green leaves and a small Christmas tree with multicolored lights.
December 4, 2018 - Filed Under: Cut Flowers and Houseplants, Vegetable Gardens

If you want to spice up your Christmas décor this year, add some ornamental peppers to your indoor and outdoor displays. (Photo by Jonathan Parrish/Cindy Callahan)

Nurseries have provided thousands of Christmas poinsettias in a variety of colors to decorate homes for the holidays.
December 3, 2018 - Filed Under: Cut Flowers and Houseplants, Flower Gardens

It’s that time of year again for shopping, eating, delivery trucks and poinsettias. Yep—it’s the Christmas season. (Photo by Gary Bachman)

Several white flowers have a lower petal of yellow and rise above a sea of green foliage.
November 26, 2018 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

Are you looking for cool-season color that’s a sure thing -- a take-it-to-the-bank garden plant? Then, do I have the plant for you. Though quite small in stature, this plant is huge in the color department. Now that I’ve got your attention, the plant I’m referring to is the beautiful viola.

A green leaf is covered with individual, geometric ice crystals.
November 19, 2018 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

This past week, we got a rude wakeup call from Mother Nature saying that winter has finally arrived.

I answered many phone calls and emails asking what could be done to protect landscape plants. I even shared some last-second cold weather protection tips on WLOX television. I want to point out that, except for the most tender, most plants came through the couple of days of cold weather just fine.

A group of people stand behind a waist-high, elevated raised gardening bed full of green potato foliage.
November 16, 2018 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens, Herb Gardens, Vegetable Gardens

Not into conventional gardening? A salad table just may be for you.

With these elevated gardening beds, you can grow fresh vegetables and herbs throughout the year right at your fingertips. These tables work well in small spaces and eliminate the physical demands of an in-ground garden. (Photo courtesy of Carla Moore)

A small, brown scorpion with tail curled is pictured next to a quarter.
November 15, 2018 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Insects-Pests

While scorpions frequently live in hot and dry areas, at least two scorpion species are at home in Mississippi's often cold and wet climate.

Jerome Goddard, medical entomologist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, identified the scorpions: Vaejovis carolinianus, commonly called the Southern Devil Scorpion or unstriped scorpion, found only in northeast Mississippi; and Centruroidis vittatus, known as the striped scorpion, found sporadically in central and southern parts of the state.

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