Category: Do It Yourself Projects

Louisiana gardening by the month: August!

Here’s what to plant for August‼️

 Vegetables to plant in August include broccoli, Brussels sprouts, bunching onions, cabbage, cauliflower, Swiss chard, Chinese cabbage, collards, cucumbers, lima beans, mustard, snap beans, Southern peas, shallots, squash and turnips. Plant transplants of bell peppers, tomatoes and eggplants by mid-August.
For late-summer color, continue to plant heat-tolerant bedding plants available at local nurseries and garden centers.
Prune everblooming roses back about one-third their height in late August or early September. This pruning prepares the roses for the outstanding blooming season in October, November and early December.
Hot, dry weather is ideal for chinch bug damage to show up on lawns, particularly in St. Augustine grass. Treat if needed with lawn insecticides.
Begin to order spring-flowering bulbs from catalogs for delivery in October.
If you need to, dig and divide Louisiana irises, acanthus, Easter lilies and calla lilies this month and in September.
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Planting in a Shady Area?

Here are 7 plants that thrive in part sun to shade.  They are easy to grow perennials, so there is no need to replant them yearly.

Hydrangea ‘Bloomstruck’

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This beautiful Hydrangea is the newest of the Endless Summer series in which they bloom on new growth.  With a light pruning after their first bloom cycle they will again flower.  Bloomstruck’s Mop head bloom clusters are blue to white to pink depending on the Ph level of your soil.  The new variety has a more dwarf, spreading growth habit than the Original Endless Summer and tend to have a much higher bloom count.

Japanese Ardisia

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This evergreen is a terrific groundcover for a shady location and blooms small cluster of light pink flowers yielding red berries in the fall.

 

Philodendron ‘Xanadu’

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This tropical looking beauty is hardy in the Baton Rouge area and has a dwarf growth habit (about 3’) compared to other Philodendron.

 

Brunfelsia (Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow)

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This semi-evergreen shrub grows best in part sun and has large beautiful blooms in cycles from spring through fall.  It gets it’s common name because the flowers change colors.  Blossoms turn from purple (yesterday) to lavender (today) to white (tomorrow).

 

Mahonia ‘Soft Caress’

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This new variety of Mahonia is in the Southern Living Plant Collection and is slow growing evergreen for the shade.  The soft textured foliage plant mixes great with other broadleaf plants.

How to grow a tomato plant from a tomato slice!

Did you know that you can grow a tomato plant from a slice of a tomato??  

Well you can!

Here’s what you need:

  • Small pot
  • Potting soil
  • Tomato slice

Fill the small pot with soil about 3/4 full, next place your slice of Tomato on top and cover it will soil.  Water the soil and place the pot in a warm place and you should see sprouts in about 6-10 days!  Move the pot to a cool place and water regularly.

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Louisiana gardening by the month: July!

Here’s what to plant for July‼️

July: Vegetables to plant in July include cantaloupes, collards, cucumbers, luffa, okra, pumpkins, Southern peas, shallots, squashes and watermelons. In addition, you can plant seeds to grow transplants of broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, Chinese cabbage, peppers and tomatoes.
Finish pruning spring-flowering shrubs, such as azaleas and spirea, in early July. 
Sharpen your lawnmower blades. They generally will have become dull by this time of the year.

Keep up with weeding. Weeds can get out of hand very fast. Use mulches wherever possible.
Plant palms through August, since they establish best when planted into warm soil. Select hardier palms, such as cabbage palm, windmill palm, jelly palm, Mediterranean fan palm, Canary Island date palm, palmetto and needle palm. Keep them well-watered during their period of getting established.
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Mobile Storage Table


MATERIALS
Sturdy-lidded basket

Four 1-by-2s

Latex satin-finish paint

Six 1 1/4-inch wood screws

Power screwdriver

Four casters and screws

STEPS
1.  Paint the basket and lid.

2.  Position two 1-by-2s, cut 2 inches shorter than basket’s length, inside basket, 1 inch from each side. Align with second pair — cut the same length, mitered at a 45-degree angle, and painted — placed on the underside. From inside basket, join three layers with wood screws.

3.  Screw casters to supports on bottom of basket. If you plan to put heavy books or plants on top of the lid, it’s a good idea to insert a strong plastic- or wooden-lidded box inside the basket, flush with the rim, for additional support.

Half Table Console

INTRODUCTION
Unless you want to do a lot of sawing, the likely candidate for this project will have an extending mechanism to accommodate a leaf. (Hint: Any damage or wear — a missing corner block, a major crack — drastically reduces table prices at flea markets.)

 

STEPS

  1. Simply unscrew the extension mechanism from the bottom of the table, sand the table, then prime and paint it.
  2. Nail or screw a 2-by-2-inch piece of wood to the wall at the height of the tabletop, so that the edge of the table rests on the wood support.
  3. For extra stability, screw through the top of the table to the wood support; fill the holes with wood filler, and paint over them.
  4. At last, you’ll have a place for your keys.