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Two women hold a tray of microgreens.
June 18, 2019 - Filed Under: 4-H Forestry, 4-H Livestock Program, Youth Gardening

There’s always something new happening in the world of Extension. This time, the spotlight is on a new workshop: “From Micro to Macro: Growing Ag Literacy.”

Before we get into the specifics, you might be asking, “what is ag literacy and why is it important?” (Photo by Kevin Hudson)

A thumb and fingers hold back the pink petals of a flower to reveal the spiny, orange center.
June 17, 2019 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

In my role as the Southern Gardener, I get to share many great plants all across Mississippi and beyond. Some are new and some are old reliables, but all get to be called my favorite landscape plants from time to time.

One thing is for sure: All of these plants are Southern Gardening Approved.

A pink flower in the foreground with foliage out of focus in the back.
June 10, 2019 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

The fourth and last column in our hibiscus series focuses on a woody species, Hibiscus mutabilis or confederate rose.

Yellow squash in a paper bowl sitting on a red and white checkered tablecloth.
June 4, 2019 - Filed Under: Fruit, Farmers Markets, Vegetable Gardens

When you visit your community farmers market, you know you're purchasing local produce in its peak season. Fruits and vegetables have more flavor and are typically less expensive when they’re in season. So, when you go to the farmers market, how do you make the most out of in-season produce? (Photo by Michaela Parker)

A single large bloom with red-tinged edges and a red center opens against a green background with a single bud above it.
June 3, 2019 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

Week three of the Southern Gardening tour of hibiscus brings the spotlight on the hardy hibiscus. This easy-to-grow ornamental is largely unknown to many home gardeners, but with the impact they can have in any landscape, I think every garden should have at least one hardy hibiscus.

Tiny brown insects scattered across the underside of a green eggplant leaf.
May 31, 2019 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Vegetable Gardens

No matter how you slice it, gardening is a risky business.

We have no control over the weather, waves of pestilence, the threat of plant diseases. It’s a wonder we don’t all just chuck our gardening tools and say, “See you at the farmers market.”

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. 

Five bright orange-red petals surround a tall stamen that is dark red at the base and yellow at the tip. Dark green leaves surround the flower.
May 27, 2019 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

This is week two of the "Tour de Hibiscus," featuring great choices for our Mississippi gardens and landscapes. I don't know any home gardener who can resist the colorful flowers of Cajun hibiscus plants, with equally colorful names like Hoochie Papa, Peppermint Patty and Crawfish Pie.

Two red and orange marigolds in focus with several yellow, red and orange marigolds out of focus in the background.
May 21, 2019 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Flower Gardens, Vegetable Gardens

I love riding around town looking at everyone’s front yard landscapes. I know how much work goes into making it look top-notch! A lot has been done, but there’s plenty more to do in your yard and garden.

Nearly a dozen light-pink flowers with dark-pink centers grow in a large circular container.
May 20, 2019 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

One of the plant groups I love to grow in my home landscape is the hibiscus. To that end, I'm going to dedicate the next several columns to different options of these beautiful flowering shrubs that are available for the home gardener

Orange, red, pink, purple, and yellow flowers are arranged in a glass bowl that sits atop a small, red table.
May 13, 2019 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Local Flavor, Farmers Markets, Specialty Crop Production, Lawn and Garden, Cut Flowers and Houseplants, Floral Design, Flower Gardens

Floral enthusiasts can learn how to make a basic floral arrangement in the Sweet Mississippi Flower Bowl workshops this summer.

Dozens of small, orange, tube-shaped flowers line the upright branches of a small bush.
May 13, 2019 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Flower Gardens

Last week, I had the pleasure of being the kick-starter speaker for the Mississippi Master Gardener State Conference. My wide-ranging presentation included some of my recommendations of sure-fire, must-have plants for your landscape and garden, all Mississippi Medallion plants.
 

Gary Bachman.
May 13, 2019 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens, Smart Landscapes

Southern Gardening host, columnist and Mississippi State University Extension Service horticulturist Gary Bachman has been elected a Fellow of the American Society for Horticultural Science.

A sea of yellow flowers with black centers and pink flowers with orange centers cover a flower bed.
May 8, 2019 - Filed Under: Smart Landscapes

Urbanization and agricultural pressures are decreasing natural habitats for wildlife, but Mississippians can take steps to make their own landscapes wildlife-friendly.

Bob Brzuszek, Mississippi State University Extension Service professor of landscape architecture, said residential areas play an important role in conserving wildlife when carefully planned.

Several small and compact violet flowers on long stems with green foliage.
May 7, 2019 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Flower Gardens, Herb Gardens, Trees, Vegetable Gardens

Do you want surefire performance in your landscape and vegetable garden, but don’t know what to look for when you go to the garden center?

Round, yellow flowers made up of tiny blooms cover a low-lying, green plant growing from brown pine straw.
May 6, 2019 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens, Landscape and Garden Design

One group of landscape plants that is really starting to take off with its summer show is the lantana. These popular landscape plants are available in a dizzying variety of sizes and colors.

A plant with variegated, triangular leaves.
April 30, 2019 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Weed Control for Lawn and Garden

Do you have a mysterious plant coming up in your yard and you’re not sure how it got there?

Extension has answers. Our experts can tell you what it is and the best ways to eradicate, control, or manage it.

About two dozen upright flowers are in front of sea of red flowers out of focus in the background.
April 29, 2019 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

Over the past couple of years, I’ve found myself joining home gardeners everywhere in planting more plants to attract pollinators.

In fact, along with being a stop on the Rosalyn Carter Butterfly Trail, my home landscape is also registered with the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge, which has the goal of registering 1 million pollinator gardens. If you’d like to register your garden, go to http://millionpollinatorgardens.org for more information.

A stand of tall pine trees with significant amounts of green brush, grass and small trees growing beneath them.
April 26, 2019 - Filed Under: Trees, Forestry

VERONA, Miss. – Before loblolly pines became the premier pine species in the United States, Mississippi native shortleaf pines offered some outstanding traits that are still valuable today.

A group of tomato plants tied around a wooden stake in black plastic containers sitting on a shelf.
April 23, 2019 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens, Landscape and Garden Design, Vegetable Gardens

I spent a lot of time working in my yard during April. I planted several pots, pruned my shrubs, and put down a fresh layer of mulch. It would be easy to sit back and admire my hard work, but with the warmer weather coming in, there’s still so much to do! 

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