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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, February 1, 2019 - 7:00am

Learn from Gary Bachman how to make and enjoy a living wreath.

Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 7:00am

Gary Bachman talks about the difference between frosts and freezes.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 - 7:00am

Horticulturist Gary Bachman explains how a garden hoe is one of the best garden tools.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 - 7:00am

Gary Bachman talks about moss phlox, a garden classic.

Monday, January 28, 2019 - 7:00am

Gary Bachman talks about how to deal with aggressive plants.

Friday, January 25, 2019 - 7:00am

Horticulturist Gary Bachman talks about the winter nandina.

Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 7:00am

Learn which soil will work best when growing plants in containers.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 7:00am

Gary Bachman talks all about heirloom tomatoes.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 - 7:00am

Gary Bachman talks about the yaupon holly plant.

Monday, January 21, 2019 - 7:00am

Horticulturist Gary Bachman explains how to provide winter protection for plants.


Winter Decorations
January 20, 2019

Winter Decorations

In the winter months you can still be creative with attractive mixed containers for your front porch. And in most cases it’s free. I’m going to use the tried and true thriller, filler and spiller...
Poinsettia Revival
January 13, 2019

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...
January 6, 2019


JoJo: I can’t wait to go outside, Joe Me too, I want to plant flowers and corn and…. Gary: Look…I know it’s the winter months and you want to get out in the garden. But there’s got to be...
Mississippi Citrus
December 30, 2018

Mississippi Citrus

When I moved to Mississippi I got all excited because I could grow my own citrus. In the late fall/early winter I love going out into my “citrus grove” to enjoy fresh picked home-grown fruit...

Southern Gardening Articles

Rich, wide, dark-green leaves with white veins rise from an unfurling center.
- Filed Under: Vegetable Gardens

If there’s one vegetable that could be considered the ultimate home-grown vegetable in Mississippi, it has to be collards.

Collards were chosen as a 2019 Mississippi Medallion winner because they are considered absolutely necessary for true Southern cuisine. As a bonus, they’re really easy for home gardeners to grow.

Dozens of blue flowers bloom above an uninterrupted sea of green leaves
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

Many home gardeners look forward to this time of year to browse catalogs in search of great new plants to enjoy in their 2019 landscapes.

One cluster of pink, crinkled flowers and some seed-heads are visible with dark-green foliage in the background.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

This January’s temperatures have been drastically different from what we saw during last year’s first month.

The colorful covers of about 20 gardening catalogs are fanned out on display.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

As I'm writing this last Southern Gardening column of 2018, I'm trying to take one more look back before plunging headlong into the 2019 gardening season that's just around the corner. But I'm having trouble concentrating because the mail carrier is distracting me.

Two-tone, yellow flowers bloom on green foliage at the base of a small tree planted in a container.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

2018 was quite a year in our Mississippi gardens and landscapes: hot and dry, humid and rainy. Every year, there are winners and losers when we garden, and such is the nature of the gardening game. 


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