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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.


Friday, September 28, 2018 - 2:00am

Host: Gary Bachman, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 2:00am

Host: Gary Bachman, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 2:00am

Host: Gary Bachman, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 2:00am

Host: Gary Bachman, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist

Monday, September 24, 2018 - 2:00am

Fall has arrived when the garden centers had their beautiful fall mums on display

Friday, September 21, 2018 - 2:00am

During the mid-summer months, gaillardia makes fantastic additions to the garden

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 2:00am

Beauty berry will certainly add up to its name and add beauty to any fall garden

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 2:00am

Fall’s almost here, and that means that the garden centers will have pansies

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 2:00am

Calendula is one plant that looks good in the garden and great in a salad

Monday, September 17, 2018 - 2:00am

Many flowering plants are only one or two steps out of the ditch, and goldenrod is no exception


Roundabout Color
September 23, 2018

Round About Color

Many local municipalities are installing roundabouts to help with traffic flow. These areas are also a great location for beautification. Today Southern Gardening is at the roundabout in downtown...
Ornamental Peppers
September 16, 2018

Ornamental Peppers

This is a challenging time of the year in many ornamental flower gardens. The hot summer sun has burned away many of our full-sun colorful flowers, but it’s also the time of the year that the...
Summer Vinca
September 9, 2018

Summer Vinca

One summer annual that just can’t be beat is flowering vinca. This is one tough plant that’s perfect for our Mississippi summers. Botanically speaking annual flowering vinca is Catharanthus rosea...
Summer Penta
September 2, 2018

Summer Penta

One of my favorite duties hosting Southern Gardening is promoting great plants for our gardens and landscapes and this segment will not disappoint. Today I’m in Poplarville looking at one of the best...

Southern Gardening Articles

A brown, plastic container is filled with a variety of plants in varying shades of green. Some grasses stand above the other plants. Other foliage drapes over the sides.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

When summer starts to roll around to autumn, some gardens and landscapes nearly start all over, as worn-out summer annuals are composted and new seasonal selections take their place.

Dozens of bright-orange pumpkins sit in rows on the grass.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

I came to a shocking realization this past weekend: Even though it still feels like summer, the signs are all around us that fall is about to begin.

First, we see the tropics heating up with storm activity. T.S. Gordon made landfall in Pascagoula Sept. 5 and spread rain all the way up to north Mississippi. Behind it are several more tropical storms that we will have to keep an eye on.

A single branch has bunches of white berries growing at each leaf junction.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

I’ve noticed a common characteristic among us gardeners. As we go through the year, our favorite plants in the landscape and garden seem to change from week to week.

Two long, green bell peppers hang from a plant growing in a container above black plastic.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens, Vegetable Gardens

Several weeks ago, I wrote about looking forward to the time of year when ornamental peppers start strutting their gorgeous fruit colors. What I didn’t mention is that late summer is not just for ornamental peppers; I always get my best home-grown culinary peppers from August until frost in the fall.

My tastes for culinary peppers range from the mild and colorful bell peppers all the way to the superhot selections like Ghost, Scorpion and Carolina Reaper.

A large, light pink flower with a dark center fills the frame from its placement in front of a brick wall.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

Earlier this year, I wrote about an outstanding landscape plant, the Rose of Sharon. The ones I was growing in my landscape included some of the newer selections: Orchid Satin, Pollypetite and Purple Pillar. Since then, I added White Pillar to my collection.


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