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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, October 27, 2017 - 2:00am
Host: Gary Bachman, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist
Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 2:00am
Host: Gary Bachman, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 2:00am
Host: Gary Bachman, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 2:00am
Host: Gary Bachman, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist
Monday, October 23, 2017 - 2:00am
Host: Gary Bachman, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist
Friday, October 20, 2017 - 1:00am
Host: Gary Bachman, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist
Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 1:00am
Host: Gary Bachman, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 1:00am
Host: Gary Bachman, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 1:00am
Host: Gary Bachman, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist
Monday, October 16, 2017 - 1:00am
Host: Gary Bachman, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist

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Fall-Classic Pumpkins
October 22, 2017

Fall-Classic Pumpkins


Now’s the time to start planting ornamental leafy greens in your garden. I think these must haves provide some of the best cool season color. Let’s look at some of my fall favorites. Ornamental...
Killer Cool Color
October 15, 2017

Killer Cool Color


Now’s the time to start planting ornamental leafy greens in your garden. I think these must haves provide some of the best cool season color. Let’s look at some of my fall favorites. Ornamental kale...
Fall Turf Tips
October 8, 2017

Fall Turf Tips


Here on Southern Gardening, we talk a LOT about ornamental plants in our gardens and landscape. We hardly ever mention the most prolific plant on most properties…the lawn itself. Today on Southern...
Big Grass
October 1, 2017

Big Grass


I like big grasses and it ain’t no lie. Ornamental grasses are often unassuming in the landscape waiting for their turn in the spotlight. Let’s take a look at some of my fall favorites. One of my all...

Southern Gardening Articles

American beautyberry, a native shrub with tiny flowers and prolific berries, is excellent in home landscapes.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

After cleaning the mess from Hurricane Nate, I had the chance to participate in two outstanding field days in Mississippi and Louisiana. I really enjoyed the plantings at the LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station and the Mississippi State University Truck Crops Branch Experiment Station in Crystal Springs.

These events inspired me to share ideas over the next several weeks for great plants to put in your garden and landscape that you will enjoy next fall.

 Several blue containers in this colorful landscape garden are blown over after heavy storm winds.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

While Hurricane Nate was obviously not in the same class as Katrina, the last hurricane to hit the Mississippi Gulf Coast, it did provide gardeners a lesson in getting their landscapes ready before a storm.

I know it’s a bit backwards to wait until after the storm to make a list of tips to get your garden ready ahead of time. But this was the first hurricane I’ve experienced since moving to the Gulf Coast, and I’ve been thinking what I could have done better in advance.

Toucan Rose canna flowers in a garden landscape with shades of pink and dark red are brightened by sunlight.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

Cannas are commonly grown as large-specimen plants and look fantastic mass planted in landscapes. Their tropical-looking foliage lends bold texture to the space until the flowers steal the show from summer through fall.

In fact, the cannas I have planted in my Ocean Springs landscape right now are looking the best they have so far this year.

Backlit Gulf Muhly grass glows like a rich, pink cloud in this landscape.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

I know some homeowners who look at ornamental grasses and wonder what is the big deal; these plants are only grass. But when fall rolls around, many of these naysayers change their opinion 180 degrees.

Fall is a great time to appreciate ornamental grasses, as their flower plumes, actually called inflorescences, really pop out in their full glory.

One of the best and showier grasses is not a selection that was bred for any particular characteristic. I’m talking about Gulf Muhly grass, a Mississippi native grass that really struts its stuff in the fall and winter.

Red, green, and yellow pods on a Chilly Chili plant, a colorful pod producer without the heat.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

Late summer and early fall are among my favorite times of the year because the ornamental peppers are starting to really color up.

More and more fellow gardeners are jumping on the bandwagon and planting these beauties in their landscapes. These plants are hot -- in landscape character and accent -- and they carry the garden through the fall season and maybe beyond.

Most ornamental peppers begin setting fruit as the temperatures rise, so the best show is always saved for late summer and continues through the fall as they keep producing. This means you need to set these plants out in the late spring.

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