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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, March 29, 2019 - 7:00am

The vitexis a great plant for summer months in Mississippi.

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 7:00am

The loropetalum has a variety of selections, making it an excellent landscape plant.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 7:00am

Many landscape plants need support from items like stakes, trellises, or cages.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 7:00am

Gardening in the shade is easier than you think.

Monday, March 25, 2019 - 7:00am

A container garden is an easy way to grow plants where there is no access to soil.

Friday, March 22, 2019 - 7:00am

The straight and tall flower spikes of Liatris put an exclamation point in the garden.

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 7:00am

Supertunias are very versatile plants that have been good performers in Mississippi.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - 7:00am

Follow these tips for the tastiest tomatoes on the block.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 7:00am

Warm summer weather is a perfect time to pick colorful plants for your landscape.

Monday, March 18, 2019 - 7:00am

Early spring flowering plants indicate that spring is coming.


Little Free Libraries and Fairy Gardens
March 24, 2019

Little Free Libraries and Fairy Gardens

Here in my home landscape and garden I’m always looking for interesting things to try out.  Over the past couple of years I’ve combined two ideas, a Little Free Library and Fairy Gardening. 

Replanting Sub-Irrigated Containers
March 17, 2019

Replanting Sub-Irrigated Containers

If you’re a fan of Southern Gardening you’ve heard me talk about the advantages of growing in sub-irrigated containers. It’s the spring season and I’d like to share the steps of replanting these containers. 

Starting Plants Indoors
March 10, 2019

Starting Plants Indoors

Starting seeds indoors is a popular activity for dedicated home gardeners, but can be scary for the novice. Let’s look at some tips that will make it easy and help ensure success in starting your...

Butterfly Gardening from Scratch
March 3, 2019

Butterfly Gardening from Scratch

Gary Bachman shares tips on starting your own butterfly plants.

Southern Gardening Articles

A mostly red tomato is shaped almost like the letter “U.”
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens, Vegetable Gardens

Many folks have been waiting for this moment: the day it’s warm enough and past the main threat of frost to become tomato planting time.

Pea-sized redbud flowers hang from thin tree branches.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

What a crazy late winter and early spring we’ve had so far this year: warm, cold and repeat.

A light-green, round structure is attached to a branch, surrounded by multi-colored leaves.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

The seasons are playing tricks on us with cold temperatures following warm. While we go through this latest cold snap, which I have high hopes will be the last, I want to address a landscape issue that’s generating quite a few questions.

Dozens of dark blue-black berries hang from stems amid green leaves.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

I join the gardening world in waiting for the Southern indica azaleas to officially kick off the spring season with their gaudy show of beautiful color. But there’s one landscape shrub that tends to get lost when the azaleas start showing off, and it is actually one of my spring-flowering favorites.

This week, I want to tell you about the Indian hawthorn.

Green bushes grow in rows, holding red and black berries, along with a few white flowers, above their leaves.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

This week, I want to spend our time considering the last of the 2019 Mississippi Medallion selections, Sweetie Pie blackberry.


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