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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.

Paniculata hydrangeas have lovely cone-shaped flowers
[Image: Paniculata Hydrangeas]

(Video: 07/21/14) One of the most popular plants for beautiful, rich pastel colors and full flowers is the hydrangea. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to a new type of hydrangea – one with cone-shaped flowers. (Runtime: 1:52)

Texas sage survives the heat in style
[Image: Texas Sage ]

(Video: 07/14/14) The summer heat is difficult on plants, so when you find one that’s tough and beautiful and that can last through the entire summer, you’ve found a real winner. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to a plant with unique foliage, beautiful flowers, and the ability to survive the heat. (Runtime: 1:40)

Growing mushrooms in your garden isn’t a good idea
(Audio: 07/21/14) The mushrooms that grow on you lawns and in your gardens are not to eat. The mushrooms that you eat need to be store bought. If the mushrooms in your landscape bother you, just pull them up and throw them away. There isn’t much else you can do. (Runtime: 60 seconds)

Your garden needs a few little extra needs during July
(Audio: 07/21/14) July gardening tips are very useful because your garden has a few more needs in July than other months. Listen to learn more about what plants need a little extra attention this summer. (Runtime: 60 seconds)

Basil is a warm season herb that loves the heat
(Audio: 07/21/14) Basil is one of the few plants that you can plant now and have it survive through the summer heat. Go to your local nursery and get a basil transplant to plant in your garden or in a little pot to use in your dishes. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Mid summer is a good time of the year to take cuttings from your woody shrubs
(Audio: 07/21/14) Semi-hardwood cuttings taken during this time of the year will root pretty easily. Listen to learn more about how to properly cut and re root these shrub cuttings so that they produce shrubs for your next season. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Cut flowers from your flower beds and make arrangements with them
(Audio: 07/21/14) During the summer the flowers in your flower beds are so beautiful. Go out one evening and pick a few to bring back into your home and enjoy the color and smell of the flowers from your garden. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Growing blackberries is an easy and rewarding plant to have in your garden
(Audio 07/14/14) Come this time of the summer your blackberry harvest is over, but in order to have good black berries next year some pruning has to be done. By removing the fruiting vines that produced for you this year and leaving the new ones for next year it will not only be easier to retrieve them next summer but also produce better fruit. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Bark lice don’t harm your trees
(Audio 07/14/14) Bark lice are very common during the mid-summer period. They create this fine silvery webbing on the trunks of your trees. This webbing is totally non harmful to the tree and are very common in Louisiana. The lice are just eating organic bits off of the tree and cleaning them as they go along, the webbing is just simply a form of protection. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant pumpkin vines now to have beautiful pumpkins for Halloween
(Audio 07/14/14) In order to have big healthy pumpkins for Halloween now is the time to plants them. They are very heat tolerant plants and need a large area to properly plant them. It is mostly a fun plant to have in your garden. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Pruning spring flowering shrubs needs to be done in July
(Audio 07/14/14) In order to not interfere with the flowering buds of your spring flowering plants pruning needs to be done now. This will allow enough time for those buds to grow after pruning. If you wait to late you may end up cutting off some of the actually flower buds that will bloom for you in the spring. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Shaded lawns sometimes cause lawn grass damage
(Audio 07/14/14) When you have an abundance of shade trees in your landscape, the grass under those shade trees tend to die out. There are ways to fix this such as making a mulch area underneath there. Ground covers also make suitable fixers for this issue. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Prevent leaf miners from feeding in your leaves
(Audio: 07/07/14) Leaf miners are tiny insects that feed on the inside of a plant's leaves. Keeping a layer of insecticide on the outside of the leaf prevents insects from burrowing into leaves when they hatch from eggs. There are many different types of insecticides that can be used for this. Listen to learn more. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Using pot feet helps maintain your deck
(Audio: 07/07/14) We like to decorate our outside decks with plants in many different kinds of pots. Using pot feet keeps the area under the pot from rotting and staining. (Runtime: 60 seconds)