Lee Rouse

LSU AgCenter's Lee Rouse is our new host for Bayou Garden.

Even the best of gardeners fall short of finding that perfect tomato fruit. Failure to set fruit can be caused by many different problems.


If you have bare spots in your lawn, June is still an acceptable time to lay sod. Leaving bare areas unattended in your lawn will lead to additional weed problems later in the growing season.

Large areas with no competition from gress are perfect for weeds. If your bare areas are too large, you might consider sod.


The month of June is always a reminder of that Louis Armstrong song, where he sings, "Do yo know what it means to miss New Orleans." That's the song where the lyrics go on to say he dreams of magnolias in bloom and wishes he were there.


What do okra, chocolate, hibiscus, and cotton all have in common?

Give up? These are all in the same botanical family: the Malvaceae family.

Okra is one of the easiest and most heat tolerant vegetable crops you can grow in the south. It's a staple of the home garden. When other vegetables start to peter out in the heat of summer, that's the time okra will stand tall in the garden.


The needs of our plants are similar to ours. They need to water to survive. But they need minerals to thrive. While humans might drink some iced tea for a bit of that sustenance, pouring iced tea on plants may not to much good.

But there is a "tea" of sorts for plants.


It's not quite summer yet, but the days are becoming longer and hotter. Heat can be unpleasant for people and for plants. That's sepcially the case when they don't have enough to drink.

The hotter it gets, the faster the water either evaporates from the soil or is consumed and then lost by the plant. Landscapers should make sure gardens receive about one inch of water per week. That means there needs to be at least an inch of rain, an inch of irrigated water, or a combination every week.


Homeowners and renters alike are becoming more interested in growing their own vegetables these days. There are a number of good reasons to look into it.

Some want to grow their own produce to provide a freher, healthier product than they can get from the store. Others feel it's important to exercise self-sufficiency in the production of food. Others go into vegetable gardening for the economics of it and find it most cost effective to grow food rather than than buying from a grocery store.


Gardeners have become more environmentally concious over the past few decades. They're employing more environmentally sound principles in the landscape, such as using less pesticide, composting more, and even instlaling rain gardens.


Edible landscaping has really taken off in the next few years. When we say edible landscaping, we're talking about the idea of incorporating plant material that's edible into a given landscape instead of growing edible foods only in a food-growing agricultural area.

The rabbit eye blueberry is an excellent addition to the landscape. It provides food as well as esthetic qualities. It's also a part of the LSU AgCenter Superplant Program. The program highlights tough and beautiful plants that perform well in Louisiana landscapes.