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Southern Gardening Television is a weekly, 1 1/2 minute television segment designed to air within Mississippi television newscasts. Segments are designed for persons interested in lawn and garden care. 

Southern Gardening Radio is also found here.

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Gary Bachman Farewell January 1, 2023

Gary Bachman Farewell

January 1, 2023

In one's career, like gardening, there's a season for everything. And the time has come for me to retire.

Southern Gardening All Year Long September 25, 2022

Southern Gardening All Year Long

September 25, 2022

When the summer heats up and other landscape plants start the fade, I can always count on dark leave ornamental peppers to be great garden performers.

Dark Leaf Peppers September 18, 2022

Dark Leaf Peppers

September 18, 2022

When the summer heats up and other landscape plants start the fade, I can always count on dark leave ornamental peppers to be great garden performers.

Pentas for Fall September 11, 2022

Pentas for Fall

September 11, 2022

I have to admit that pentas are one of my favorite summer annuals. While they have good tolerance for our summer heat and humidity, they're one of the best color annuals for the fall season.

Renewal Pruning

Renewal Pruning

January 30, 2022

Renewal pruning is radical and not for the faint of heart, but it’s an effective method to salvage an overgrown shrub when compared to removing and replacing the plant.

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July 3, 2020

The yellow petals and dark centers of black-eyed Susans are recognizable across Mississippi today on Southern Gardening.

July 2, 2020

When it's hot in our summer Mississippi landscapes, one of my favorite go-to plants is lantana. Today on Southern Gardening.

July 1, 2020

It’s Mississippi and we all have pest problems in the landscape, I’d like to share a few tips on being proactive today on Southern Gardening.

June 30, 2020

Hummingbirds are entertaining creatures and the right flowers are an invitation to your garden today on Southern Gardening.

June 29, 2020

Horticulturist Gary Bachman talks about muscadines and some of the different varieties of the fruit.

Southern Gardening Articles

A hand holding shears prepares to trim a branch.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

Exceptionally low temperatures this winter caused more cold damage than our typical, milder winters. But try not to panic and prune as soon as you see damage. It is best to let the plant heal and recover what healthy tissue it still has, and then prune the dead parts a little later.

Ten boxes in rows hold soil samples.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

As you walk around the landscape in January and look forward to the joy of starting a flower or vegetable garden, don’t overlook what you are stepping on. Healthy, productive plants require healthy soil. While soil may not be as eye-catching as narcissus or redbud flowers, it does require your attention.

A shovel stands among soil from a wheelbarrow and a pot.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

All of us gardeners are super eager to get things moving in our landscape. And who wouldn’t be, with sunny, 70-degree January days? Of course, everything looks horrible from the “freezemageddon” that we experienced just a few weeks ago. It is still too early to start pruning and cleaning up our plants, but I must confess that I don’t always follow the rules. There may be a few plants that I just could not look at anymore.

A handwritten list of plants lies on a wooden table.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

I don’t know about you, but I have been bombarded with seed catalogs this winter. Since about age 12, one of my favorite hobbies has been looking through catalogs at all the new plants.

Some new plants have forever changed the horticulture industry, while others disappear after just one season.

A collage shows a man in three different garden settings.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

I usually write the Southern Gardening column about how the different seasons change the look of our landscapes and gardens, what seasonal plants look great and when it’s time to transition with new plants for the next season. Just like in the garden, a career has a season for everything, and there comes a point when you realize it’s time for a change.

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