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A basket holds an assortment of red, yellow and green peppers.
May 3, 2021 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens, Vegetable Gardens

The month of May signals that it’s time for me to start planting culinary peppers in my home garden.

Freshly mowed lawn.
April 29, 2021 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Flower Gardens, Plant Diseases, Trees, Vegetable Gardens

As warmer weather creeps in, many people find themselves spending more time outdoors and working in their yards. If you’re like me, you’ve probably made a trip or two to your local garden center looking for plants and other garden necessities. After reading over May’s garden checklist, it looks like you may need to make a few more trips. Here are some tasks to check off this month. 

Plants grow from wooden boxes that have an overhead, curved pipe system.
April 28, 2021 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens, Vegetable Gardens

Mississippi’s long growing season means potential gardeners have until at least July to start growing vegetables, but the state’s ideal gardening climate also means weeds and pests are constant threats. Gardeners often grow flowers in containers to add pops of color and spots of greenery in otherwise unworkable areas, and they can be equally successful using containers to grow vegetables.

A low-growing plant with tiny leaves grows in a large pot.
April 26, 2021 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

When looking at all the plants growing in landscapes, I’m reminded that each plant has a role in the story of that garden. And most garden stories have plants with sidekicks that you always find side by side.

A garden story that I recently enjoyed was the British TV show, “Rosemary & Thyme.” Rosemary Boxer (a university lecturer) and Laura Thyme (a former police officer) were a dynamic duo in the garden. They solved mysteries -- mostly murders -- while working as gardeners in beautiful landscapes all across Europe.

Graphic showing differences between carpenter bees and bumble bees
April 23, 2021 - Filed Under: Insects, Lawn and Garden, Insects-Home Lawns

What’s the difference between a carpenter bee and a bumble bee? A lot. They look similar, but they are very different. Find out more about the habits of each one.

April 22, 2021 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens, Landscape Architecture

It’s that time of the year when people are on the hunt for the perfect container plant combos. It’s tempting to head to the local garden center, pick out the best-looking flowers, and plant them with wild abandon. However, planning is an important part of the gardening process. Before you go to the garden center, decide where you want to put your container. This will help you purchase the right flowers for the space.

A man rests his hand on a table displaying floral arrangements.
April 21, 2021 - Filed Under: Floral Design

Thirty young people will have a unique opportunity to learn the basics of floral design in a half-day camp June 22 with the help of a highly skilled group of instructors.The in-person event for students aged 8-12 will be held from 8 a.m. to noon at the Mississippi State University Coastal Research and Extension Center at 1815 Popps Ferry Road in Biloxi. A $30 attendance fee covers all materials and a snack. Participants will take home their floral projects.

A clump of plants has trimmed tops and exposed roots.
April 19, 2021 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

Many of Mississippi’s perennial landscape plants will start to decline after several years. That means they will have smaller foliage and won’t flower as much, even though they’ve been well cared for with regular fertilizer and irrigation.

Tiny pink blooms emerge along a green spike.
April 12, 2021 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

It’s no secret that I’m a real fan of salvia. A couple of weeks ago, I enjoyed highlighting sage, which is a great culinary salvia. This week I’m going talk about perennial salvia, another group of these great plants.

A closeup of a fire ant mound.
April 6, 2021 - Filed Under: Fire Ants, Insects-Home Lawns, Turfgrass and Lawn Management

Fire ants are the most common pests of home lawns, but homeowners can manage them with the right approach, and spring is the perfect time to begin the process.

A single, green cucumber hangs on a vine.
April 5, 2021 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens, Vegetable Gardens

If you read this Southern Gardening column frequently, you realize that I grow much more than pretty flowers in my home garden. Besides ornamental plants, I love to grow vegetables that my wife and I can enjoy for dinner.

A few trees remain standing among an area with snapped off pines.
March 31, 2021 - Filed Under: Landscape Design and Management, Landscape and Garden Design, Landscape Management, Landscape Resources, Landscape Plants and Trees Diseases, Trees

Mississippi weather can damage trees in many ways, making it crucial to select wisely when choosing trees for the landscape.

Four images of sage are pictured in a grid.
March 29, 2021 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

Salvia is one of the groups of plants that everyone should have in their landscape. This plant group has flowers with a wide-ranging color palette and different sizes. Salvias are loved -- by me especially -- because of their ability to attract pollinators, butterflies and hummingbirds.

A field of orange and yellow marigolds.
March 29, 2021 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Flower Gardens, Plant Diseases, Trees, Vegetable Gardens

If you’re anything like me, I find any excuse to get outside. The warmer temperatures and colorful blooms are refreshing, especially after the cold winter we had! Working on outdoor chores is a great excuse to get some fresh air. Here are a few tasks you need to cross off your checklist during April:

Clusters of round, red fruit and black fruit are held above black leaves.
March 22, 2021 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

Some of my favorite late-summer annuals are the ornamental peppers. These tough plants have to survive the heat and humidity of our Mississippi summers before they become the stars of my summer landscape.

Red and green tomatoes with blossom end rot.
March 18, 2021 - Filed Under: Cut Flowers and Houseplants, Landscape Resources, Trees, Vegetable Gardens

Don’t believe everything you hear. That piece of advice can be applied to gardening as well. We’ve all done something because a friend said that it works.

Yellow and purple flowers bloom from a green plant.
March 15, 2021 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

We had another great weather weekend in the garden, and  I spent a couple of days catching up on getting my Urban Nano Farm ready for spring. I’m almost finished repairing my fence after it was redesigned by Hurricane Zeta last year

A tall, thick layer of mulch around the base of a tree.
March 8, 2021 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Flower Gardens, Landscape and Garden Design, Landscape Plants and Trees Diseases

The glorious gardening weekend we just enjoyed was certainly welcome after the recent cold weather that kept us out of the landscape.

I took advantage of the perfect weather and started on garden chores I’ve been putting off. My main accomplishment, which has been on my list for a while, was putting down fresh layers of mulch. It felt good because I have been accumulating bags of mulch, and the neatly stacked pile was pretty big.

A ruby-throated hummingbird.
March 4, 2021 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Landscape Architecture, Natural Resources, Environment, Urban and Backyard Wildlife

Ruby-throated hummingbirds will soon be migrating north, so it’s time to prepare for their arrival! Most ruby red-throated hummingbirds will be throughout Mississippi by the end of March.

March 2, 2021 - Filed Under: Commercial Horticulture, Insects, Floral Design

Mississippi State University Extension Service personnel were honored in February for their work in support of horticultural science.

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