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A picture of several pink tulips with one in focus and others blurred in the background.
March 26, 2019 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens, Herb Gardens, Smart Landscapes, Vegetable Gardens

It’s officially spring! The temperatures are finally starting to warm up after a cold and wet winter. Gardening is the perfect excuse to spend some much-needed time outside. Grab your gardening tools—there’s a lot to be done! (Photo by Michaela Parker)

A man in a gardening hat stands and talks to three adults, with several others milling about in the background.
March 25, 2019 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

Thank goodness spring has arrived!

After what seems to be an eternity, I finally had a chance to do some much-needed work in my landscape and garden. The pleasant weather we’ve had only adds to my enthusiasm.

Close-up of a portion of a clear bottle filled with bright blue liquid that is water-soluble fertilizer dissolved in water, against a blurred dark green background.
March 22, 2019 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens, Vegetable Gardens

Now is the time to fertilize some landscape plants, but there are several different kinds of fertilizers available. MSU Extension horticulture specialist Gary Bachman helps you understand what’s in fertilizer and the different types available.

Dr. Gary Bachman
March 20, 2019 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Flower Gardens

BILOXI, Miss. -- Southern Gardening host and columnist Gary Bachman earned a 2019 Great American Gardener Award from the American Horticultural Society.

Bachman is a horticulturist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service working from the Coastal Research and Extension Center in Biloxi. He received the American  Horticultural Society’s B.Y. Morrison Communications Award, which recognizes effective and inspirational communication through print, radio, television or online media with the goal of advancing public interest and participation in horticulture.

A mostly red tomato is shaped almost like the letter “U.”
March 18, 2019 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens, Vegetable Gardens

Many folks have been waiting for this moment: the day it’s warm enough and past the main threat of frost to become tomato planting time.

Close up of a pink rose bloom.
March 15, 2019 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

If you’re thinking of planting roses, spring is one of the best times. MSU Extension/From Extension Publication 2835 “Roses in Mississippi” 

A golden retriever scratches fleas on green grass.
March 12, 2019 - Filed Under: Healthy Homes Initiative, Pets, Insects-Pet Pests, Insects-Pests

Peak flea season is in the spring and summer, but in warmer areas like the South, successful flea control is a yearlong battle. (Photo by CanStock)

Pea-sized redbud flowers hang from thin tree branches.
March 11, 2019 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

What a crazy late winter and early spring we’ve had so far this year: warm, cold and repeat.

A group of three students gather around a computer while a man looks on from behind.
March 8, 2019 - Filed Under: Landscape Architecture

Landscape architecture students at Mississippi State University are involved in a win-win situation with the underserved community of Africatown in Mobile, Alabama.

A large tree looms over a white house and a brick patio area.
March 8, 2019 - Filed Under: Smart Landscapes

A smart landscape can play a key role in efficiently heating and cooling homes while reducing energy costs.

Pouring planting potting soil mix into pots in the garden.
March 4, 2019 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Flower Gardens, Vegetable Gardens

Choosing a potting mix may seem simple, but not all mixes are created alike. When buying potting mix for containers, you want to look for mixes with ingredients that will help your plants thrive. (Photo by CanStockPhoto)

A light-green, round structure is attached to a branch, surrounded by multi-colored leaves.
March 4, 2019 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

The seasons are playing tricks on us with cold temperatures following warm. While we go through this latest cold snap, which I have high hopes will be the last, I want to address a landscape issue that’s generating quite a few questions.

Dozens of dark blue-black berries hang from stems amid green leaves.
February 25, 2019 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

I join the gardening world in waiting for the Southern indica azaleas to officially kick off the spring season with their gaudy show of beautiful color. But there’s one landscape shrub that tends to get lost when the azaleas start showing off, and it is actually one of my spring-flowering favorites.

This week, I want to tell you about the Indian hawthorn.

A closeup of a gloved hand holding a pair of bypass pruning shears.
February 22, 2019 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Landscape Architecture, Landscape Design and Management, Landscape and Garden Design, Trees

February marks the beginning of pruning chores in the garden. This task will be a breeze if you have the right tools. MSU Extension horticulture specialist Gary Bachman recommends three pruning tools every gardener should have. (Photo by Jonathan Parrish/Cindy Callahan)

Green bushes grow in rows, holding red and black berries, along with a few white flowers, above their leaves.
February 18, 2019 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

This week, I want to spend our time considering the last of the 2019 Mississippi Medallion selections, Sweetie Pie blackberry.

A wetlands area is full of gray trunks of trees with filtered light shining through green leaves.
February 11, 2019 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

This week, we continue our look at the 2019 Mississippi Medallion plants with a fantastic Mississippi tree, the tupelo. Tupelo is known botanically as Nyssa sylvatica and is commonly called black tupelo or black gum.

A tan-colored cardboard egg carton partially filled with potting soil on top of a floral tablecloth.
February 11, 2019 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Flower Gardens, Vegetable Gardens

Gardening can feel like a very expensive activity sometimes, but starting seeds for spring planting doesn’t have to be. (Photo by Jonathan Parrish/Cindy Callahan)

A man in a blue shirt adds a packet of flower food to a clear glass quart jar. White flowers lay beside the jar on a cloth-covered table.
February 8, 2019 - Filed Under: Cut Flowers and Houseplants, Flower Gardens

Have you ever bought a bouquet of flowers that includes a little packet of powder to add to the vase? Many people just toss it in the trash with the wrapping and stem ends, not knowing just how important that little packet is! (Photo by Zac Ashmore/Cindy Callahan)

Green leaves cover branches that end in pink crape myrtle blossoms.
February 5, 2019 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens, Landscape Architecture, Trees

Southern landscapes are filled with crape myrtles of all sizes and colors because they are easy to grow and provide beauty for several months. However, they do need a little TLC this time of year. (Photo by Gary Bachman)

Large clusters of red flowers rise above bronze-colored leaves in a pot placed on a wooden deck with a wooden fence behind.
February 4, 2019 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

We survived the latest polar vortex, and I join other Mississippi gardeners in being thankful that we didn’t get the really extreme cold our friends up North experienced. But still, it was cold enough for me and my garden. 

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