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  • Two men, Brian Utley and Tim Allison, in a garden with video camera.

    Tim Allison and Brian Utley filming a current episode of Southern Gardening.

  • man in garden - Norman Winter

    Norman Winter, retired MSU Extension Service specialist and former Southern Gardening host, posing in garden.

  • Man sitting at tv edit station.

    David Lack, retired MSU Extension Service videographer, editing an episode of Southern Gardneing.

  • 3 men in garden doing tv shoot

    Tim Allison, Brian Utley, and Gary Bachman prepare to video a current Southern Gardening episode.

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, June 2, 2017 - 1:00am
Host: Gary Bachman, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist
Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 1:00am
Host: Gary Bachman, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist
Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 1:00am
Host: Gary Bachman, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist
Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - 1:00am
Host: Gary Bachman, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist
Monday, May 29, 2017 - 1:00am
Host: Gary Bachman, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist
Friday, May 26, 2017 - 1:00am
Host: Gary Bachman, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist
Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 1:00am
Host: Gary Bachman, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist
Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 1:00am
Host: Gary Bachman, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 1:00am
Host: Gary Bachman, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist
Monday, May 22, 2017 - 1:00am
Host: Gary Bachman, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist

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Shopping Tips
May 21, 2017

Shopping Tips


A spring time trip to your local garden center can easily provide sensory overload. “Wow! Look at this” or “Holy Cow! Look at that!” If you don’t go plant shopping with a plan, it’s easy to buy a lot...
Rudbeckia
May 14, 2017

Rudbeckia


The object of most any flower garden is to dazzle with a lot of color, and one of my favorites for providing that color is rudbeckia. Rudbeckia are all round flowers with a center cone. But that’s...
Mother's Day Shady Container
May 7, 2017

Mother's Day Shady Container


With Mother's Day coming up, consider putting together a beautiful combination container to brighten up a shady corner on her porch or patio. Not all plants will perform well when placed in a...
Herb Box
April 30, 2017

Herb Box


As the weather starts warming up one of my favorite activities is getting the herb garden planted. Growing herbs is easy when grown in an herb box made some friends of mine. The Pine Belt Master...

Southern Gardening Articles

Although common in Southern landscapes, the Lady Banks rose dates back to the late 1790s and came from China. (Photo by MSU Extension/Gary Bachman)
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

I wrote earlier about my 40-year struggle with growing roses. But during that time, there was one rose that was a great performer for me: a climbing rose called Blaze.

Real gardeners know the work is hard, but they consider sweat equity a reasonable price to pay to be able to enjoy their landscapes. (File Photo by MSU Extension)
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

In early April, my wife and I had the honor of being part of the 2017 Garden Clubs of Mississippi Spring Pilgrimage, as our little urban farm was one of the tour's stops. It was a treat to open our doors to allow more than 170 visitors to peek behind the curtain at how we garden.

Annual flowering vincas perform well in the landscape and in containers. This Mediterranean Hot Rose has a spreading growth habit that allows it to spill over the edge of a hanging basket. (Photo by MSU Extension/Gary Bachman)
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

Now that our gardens and landscapes are heating up, it is the perfect time to plant annual flowering vinca. This beauty provides hot summer color you just can't beat.

Annual flowering vinca is a solid performer in Mississippi gardens, so I always make sure to plant some in my landscape.

Botanically speaking, annual flowering vinca is Catharanthus rosea. In garden centers, the pot tags sometimes call it Madagascar periwinkle.

Both butterflies and aphids are attracted to tropical milkweed in droves. While unsightly, aphids don’t seem to impact growth and flowering. (Photo by MSU Extension/Gary Bachman)
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

It's all the rage to plant butterfly gardens in our home landscapes. This is especially true when we consider the Monarch butterfly, which is said to be under stress from disappearing habitats.

One of the best butterfly-attracting plants for the home landscape is butterfly weed, known botanically as Asclepias. Butterfly weed has a great trio of advantages: it is low maintenance, deer resistant, and attractive to Monarchs and other butterflies.

Don’t mulch trees like this. Mulching offers significant benefits, but a layer should only be 2 to 3 inches deep and pulled away from the tree trunk. (Photo by MSU Extension/Gary Bachman)
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

Driving around town this weekend, I enjoyed all the work fellow gardeners have been doing in their yards. I thought our early spring weather brought out the best in our landscapes, but then I saw it.

I couldn't believe my eyes, but there they were: mulch volcanoes.

It's been a couple of years since I've seen a real doozy of a mulch volcano, and I realized again what my duty has to be. I have to convince people that mulch volcanoes are bad for our trees.

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