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Pest and Disease Control

Choose insect and disease resistant varieties when possible. Keep the garden clean, neat, and weed-free, and be alert for early signs of trouble to reduce the need for pesticides. To prevent the spread of leaf diseases, water in the morning or early enough in the evening so foliage has time to dry before dark. Soapy water or insecticidal soap will control many insect pests. Read all label directions before buying or using any pesticide, and follow all precautions.

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A cluster of blackberries on a bush.
Filed Under: Fruit, Lawn and Garden, Flower Gardens, Landscape Architecture May 28, 2020

It’s starting to get hot out there, y’all! Don’t let the Mississippi heat deter you from taking good care of your garden and landscape.

Dozens of white and purple flower stalks rise from a stand of green plants in a cement planter.
Filed Under: Flower Gardens May 22, 2020

Many of the garden center stars that draw the most attention are plants with big, flashy flowers. But there’s a group of plants that can have just as much landscape value: plants with tiny flowers.

Trumpet-shaped orange flowers bloom on vines next to pink buds.
Filed Under: Flower Gardens May 18, 2020

One of the landscape views many gardeners ignore is the horizontal plane. Plants that create mats or carpets create a lot of interest and serve an important role in landscapes and gardens.

Let’s look at a few of my colorful carpet favorites.

Orange blooms cover the top of a green plant.
Filed Under: Flower Gardens May 11, 2020

I’m becoming increasingly optimistic about our 2020 Mississippi summer gardens and landscapes. COVID-19 is on everyone’s mind, but an upside to the virus is that more homeowners are gardening than ever before. If you’re looking for summer color that will grow through the summer and beyond, then Profusion zinnia is the plant for you.

Individual purple flowers rise above the greenery placed on an open-grid surface.
Filed Under: Coronavirus, Lawn and Garden, Flower Gardens May 4, 2020

May 4 marks a milestone for me and my wife as the last Star Wars movie, “Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker,” is being released straight to digital, thanks to COVID-19.


Radiant Celosia
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Radiant Celosia

Sunday, May 31, 2020 - 7:00am
What Rules?
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What Rules?

Sunday, May 24, 2020 - 7:00am
Small Flowers
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Small Flowers

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Combination Containers
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Combination Containers

Sunday, May 10, 2020 - 7:00am
Mississippi Hibiscus
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Mississippi Hibiscus

Sunday, May 3, 2020 - 7:00am


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Portrait of Dr. Gary R. Bachman
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