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Southern Gardening

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, January 26, 2018 - 1:45am
Host: Gary Bachman, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist
Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 1:45am
Host: Gary Bachman, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 1:45am
Host: Gary Bachman, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist
Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 1:30am
Host: Gary Bachman, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist
Monday, January 22, 2018 - 1:30am
Host: Gary Bachman, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist
Friday, January 19, 2018 - 7:00am
Host: Gary Bachman, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist
Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 7:00am
Host: Gary Bachman, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 2:00am
Host: Gary Bachman, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist
Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 2:00am
Host: Gary Bachman, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist
Monday, January 15, 2018 - 7:00am
Host: Gary Bachman, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist

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Crape Murder
January 21, 2018

Crape Murder


Every year at this time, a horticultural crime spree occurs, and the Horticulture CSI Unit is back in action. This time of year, we see countless cases of crape murder, and Crape myrtle is the victim...
Winter Kale
January 14, 2018

Winter Kale


One group of cool-season plants that is a must-have in my home landscape is kale. There are so many varieties, shapes, and colors that look great and are edible. Let’s take a look at some I’m growing...
Poinsettia Revival
January 7, 2018

Poinsettia Revival


Many of us had a beautiful poinsettia for the Christmas holidays. These plants certainly brightened what can be a dreary weather-wise part of the year. Now what? Do you keep it or toss it? Let me...
Puff the Magic Snap Dragon
December 31, 2017

Puff the Magic Snap Dragon


Everyone knows my friend, Gary Bachman, the Southern Gardener. I’m his secret little Bloom buddy, Puff the Magic Snapdragon. Today, Gary agreed to let me tell you about some of my fellow snapdragon...

Southern Gardening Articles

A small bush with bright red leaves contrasts against a rock-filled garden.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

The weather to start 2018 has certainly been crazy. We had more than a week of temperatures in the mid-20s (Freezemageddon) followed by a week of moderate, more normal January temperatures. Now, we’re freezing again this week.

This crape myrtle shows the smooth tops of crape myrtles that have been sliced through knobby ends.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

As gardeners make New Year’s resolutions for their landscapes in 2018, I want to encourage all of them to resolve to correctly prune crape myrtles from this day forward.

In the current vernacular, severe pruning of crape myrtles is called “crape murder,” reflecting the seemingly random nature of the pruning cuts. To me, this type of pruning is very unattractive in the landscape.

A bouquet of small, orange and yellow flowers.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

For the last Southern Gardening column of 2017, I want to take a look back at some of my absolute favorite plants from my home landscape this past year.

I have been talking for several years about what fantastic garden performers Supertunias are. But my absolute favorite -- and it has been my favorite for several years -- is Supertunia Vista Bubblegum. This plant is so reliable it was chosen as a Mississippi Medallion winner in 2012.

A man’s hand reaches into a bouquet of bright yellow flowers.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

If you’re thinking about gardening this Christmas holiday season, it’s probably about poinsettias and other decorative indoor plants. I’m right there with you, as I’m looking at a bookcase lined with red, pink and white poinsettias as I sit here writing.

But a plant that I just love for spring and summer landscapes is rudbeckia, which you probably know as Black-eyed Susans.

Orange vine flowers resembling black-eyed Susans straddle the top of a wooden gray fence.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

Most folks have poinsettias and entertaining on the agenda during the holidays, but for this week’s column, I want to highlight a plant that has been an outstanding performer for me all year.

It took this past weekend’s hard freeze to finally shut down my black-eyed Susan vine (I’m going to use the abbreviation BES for this flower), known botanically as Thunbergia alata. For many gardeners, in their experience this is traditionally a basket plant that deserves to be grown more often.

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