Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Lower South

March, 2004
Regional Report

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Grow Tomatoes in the Home Garden
The horticulturists at the Louisiana Ag Center have put together this helpful online publication called Grow Tomatoes in the Garden. It includes a useful and up-to-date listing of varieties, as well as tips on proper planting, staking, caging, fertilizing, and pest management. All in all, it is a very useful resource for southern gardeners.

Favorite or New Plant

Carolina Jessamine
One of the first landscape plants to steal the show in spring is Carolina jessamine. It bursts forth to announce the end of winter with a barrage of yellow, trumpet-shaped blooms. This evergreen vine is well suited to a trellis or garden wall, and it also can be massed and trimmed into a mounding ground cover/shrub. It does well in full sun to part shade. Note that the blooms and foliage are poisonous, so it is not for homescapes with very small children.

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