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LSU AgCenter Communications produces a special service called “Get It Growing” aimed at people who want to improve their landscapes, grow flowers and ornamentals or grow vegetables and fruit. This service includes a weekly newspaper column written by horticulturist Dan Gill, a daily (Monday through Friday) 60-second radio spot voiced by Gill, and a weekly 90-second television spot featuring Gill. The newspaper columns are sent via e-mail once a month to a subscriber list.

Read More features the newspaper columns.                      

See More contains the 90-second TV spots.

Hear More includes the 60-second radio spots.


Halloween in the garden
[Image: jack-o'-lantern]

(For Release On Or After 10/31/14) The ghouls and goblins will be out tonight, and the candles in the jack-o'-lanterns will be burning brightly. The Halloween season has put me in mind to look at scary traditions and relate them to some common gardening ideas and misconceptions.

Tropical plants need winter shelter
[Image: potted tropicals outside]

(For Release On Or After 10/24/14) As the weather cools down and nights get nippy over the next few weeks, gardeners need to decide what to do with their container-grown outdoor tropical plants.

Use color in the landscape
[Image: colorful flower bed]

(For Release On Or After 10/10/14) October is a transitional month in Louisiana flower gardens. Many warm-season annuals finish up this month, and gardeners’ thoughts begin to turn to cool-season bedding plants for fall, winter and spring color.

Shift gears for fall lawn care
[Image: brown patch in lawn]

(For Release On Or After 10/03/14) As the days shorten and temperatures gradually become cooler, it’s apparent that summer is finally ending. Lawn care definitely begins to change this time of year.

Antiginon – an easy vine to manage [Image: Antiginon]
(Video 9/29/14) Some vines can grow out of control, taking over everything. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to the Rose of the Montana or antiginon – a beautiful flowering vine that attracts wildlife and is easy to manage.
Tropical hibiscus can survive mild winters
(Audio 9/29/14) The tropical hibiscus can survive a mild winter in Louisiana if it is well mulched and covered. Make sure the shrub is planted in a sunny location. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Help sustain the Monarch butterfly
(Audio 9/29/14) The Monarch Butterfly migrates from Southern Canada through Louisiana and into Mexico. Plant nectar plants such as lantana and zinnias for them to feed on as they move through. Also plant milkweed to encourage new generations of the butterfly. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
There is still time to repair your lawn
(Audio 9/29/14) If you need to repair your lawn, try to lay sod within the next few weeks. When repairing a lawn you should remove the dead grass completely, rake the soil to loosen it, and then lay sod that fits perfectly into the area. Listen to learn how to plant a new lawn. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Water plants thoroughly during dry weather
(Audio 9/29/14) Don’t let the cooler weather fool you; October is one of the driest months. Remember to water plants thoroughly and occasionally as needed. Pay careful attention to anything that’s been newly planted. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Houseplants clean the air inside your home
(Audio 9/29/14) NASA discovered that houseplants have the ability to remove a wide variety of toxins from the air. Indoor plants that can keep the air inside your home pure include the spider plant, the peace lily, and the Chinese evergreen. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Basics of planting cole crops [Image: Cole Crops]
(Video 9/22/14) Cole crops like cabbage and cauliflower are great vegetables to grow during the fall. On this edition of Get It Growing, horticulturist Dan Gill explains the proper way to get them into the ground so they produce well for you.
Plant garlic for Louisiana cooking
(Audio 9/22/14) Garlic is indispensable to the Louisiana vegetable garden because it brings a lot of flavor to food. Types of garlic that may be planted now include Italian garlic, creole garlic, and elephant garlic. This garlic will be harvested next May. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Divide perennial plants
(Audio 9/22/14) Divide, or separate, plants to create more copies and to control the size of the plant. This should be done when the plant is most dormant. Plants that are dormant during this time of the year include Louisiana irises, daylilies, Easter lilies, and calla lilies. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Wait to plant shade trees in the landscape
(Audio 9/22/14) Although it is still too hot to plant shade trees, evaluate your home and decide if you would like to plant some later. Shade trees next to the home can really help with utility bills. Take this time to think about where you would like the tree and what size the tree needs to be. (Runtime: 60 seconds)