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Southern Gardening Television is a weekly, 1 1/2 minute television segment designed to air within Mississippi television newscasts. Segments are designed for persons interested in lawn and garden care. The show features Extension Horticulturist Gary Bachman and is produced by video producer Tim Allison.

Southern Gardening Radio is also found here.

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Friday, March 3, 2017 - 1:00am
Host: Gary Bachman, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist
Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 1:00am
Host: Gary Bachman, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 1:00am
Host: Gary Bachman, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 1:00am
Host: Gary Bachman, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist
Monday, February 27, 2017 - 1:00am
Host: Gary Bachman, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist
Friday, February 24, 2017 - 1:00am
Host: Gary Bachman, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist
Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 1:00am
Host: Gary Bachman, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 1:00am
Host: Gary Bachman, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 1:00am
Host: Gary Bachman, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist
Monday, February 20, 2017 - 1:00am
Host: Gary Bachman, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist

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Winter Wonders
February 19, 2017

Winter Wonders


Today Southern Gardening is visiting Pine Hills Nursery and I always love to explore and see what unusual plants they have growing in their winter greenhouses. It’s a great way to beat some of the...
Interesting Succulents
February 12, 2017

Interesting Succulents


I have to say I’m fascinated by succulents, because there are so many varieties, shapes and sizes. One of my favorites is Flapjack Kalanchoe and I think you can see where this name comes from. These...
Gary the Godfather
February 5, 2017

Gary the Godfather


(Godfather) Once there were some guys who forgot to give their loved ones a Valentine’s Day gift. This incident became known as the St. Valentine’s Day massacre. Now, we celebrate this as a day of...
The Greenhouse on Porter
January 29, 2017

The Greenhouse on Porter


As the Southern Gardener, almost anything dealing with new and unique takes on horticulture grab my interest. So The Greenhouse on Porter in Ocean Springs quickly became one of my favorite hangouts...

Southern Gardening Articles

Mississippi State University Extension specialists will be on hand to present seminars for home gardeners on how to create landscapes like this one. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Gary Bachman)
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

This past weekend was glorious and I appreciated puttering around my yard and landscape. It's not often that we can enjoy a Saturday and Sunday in February with temperatures in the mid-70s and bright sunny skies.

But I had to take a step back and remember that our last frost free date on the coast is about April 1, so I continued to transplant curly kale and Bright Lights Swiss chard in my EarthBoxes and harvested some fresh red and green romaine lettuce for salads.

Roses are a beautiful addition to home landscapes, and certain modern varieties offer reliable performance without requiring expert care. (Photo by MSU Extension/Gary Bachman)
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

I had an opportunity to attend the Gulf District American Rose Society Mid-Winter Workshop in Gonzales, Louisiana, in early February. It was a fantastic event that allowed me to meet lots of new people and catch up with a few old garden friends.

I also learned that I have had the same experiences and developed the same misperceptions that many home gardeners have with garden roses.

These dwarf Firepower nandinas are mass planted on the Mississippi State University campus in Starkville, Mississippi. (Photo by MSU Extension/Gary Bachman)
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

Except for a couple of cold nights, there's no doubt that I’ve been enjoying the mild winter we're having this year. It seems our landscape plants are also enjoying the moderate temperatures and flowering to show their approval.

But one thing I'm missing in the landscape is the variety of bronzy golds and reds our evergreen landscape shrubs display because of cold weather. Who doesn't appreciate the winter foliage of Japanese cleyera with its patina of rich burgundy? And what about my nandina, another great winter favorite?

While not all vegetables are suited for the home gardener to start from seed, tomatoes such as this heirloom variety can easily be grown from seed and transplanted outdoors. (Photo by MSU Extension/Gary Bachman)
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

So far, it's been an interesting spring season in January for our gardens. New Year's weekend, more than 13 inches of rain fell in my Ocean Springs garden, followed a week later by freeze-magedden. By late January, we were in the middle of really nice, moderate weather.

So what plants do you think are showing up at garden centers? If you guessed vegetable transplants, you’re correct. Last week, I even saw large tomato plants full of flowers for sale in 6-inch containers.

Saucer magnolias bloom before the leaves emerge with huge, white, pink or bold-purple flowers that reach up to 10 inches across. (Photo by MSU Extension/Gary Bachman)
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

Saucer magnolias and other flowering, deciduous magnolias start to peek out of their buds every spring, usually in late February or early March. The rush of colorful pinks is always a welcome sight.

So, imagine my surprise when the saucer magnolia at the Mississippi State University Coastal Research and Extension Center in Biloxi exploded into bloom three weeks early in mid-January.

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