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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. The show features Extension Horticulturist Gary Bachman and is produced by video producer Tim Allison.

Southern Gardening Radio is also found here.


Growing Tomatoes From Seed

Growing Tomatoes From Seed

February 28, 2021

Like many home gardeners I like to grow my own tomatoes from seed for the coming summer season. It’s an easy process, so let me share my latest tips for starting your own tomato at home.

Break the Hex

Break the Hex

February 21, 2021

A recent poll revealed that the demand for houseplants is growing, but many people believe that they’re cursed……when it comes to growing plants. Let’s look at a great group of easy-care houseplants that will break the hex. 

Pruning Crape Myrtles

Pruning Crape Myrtles

February 14, 2021

A common crime against horticulture is the crape myrtle pruning practice called crape murder. Now I’ve started using the term crapmyrtilation since the tree doesn’t actually die. Let me demonstrate how to correctly prune a crape myrtle.

Pruning Roses

Pruning Roses

February 7, 2021

I like to call early spring the pruning season. Now’s the perfect time to get your roses pruned and primed to look good for the coming summer season. 

Pruning De Mystified

Pruning De Mystified

January 31, 2021

Many gardeners think that pruning is some kind of dark magic that only the experts can practice successfully. Today I want to share some advice to help take the mystery out of pruning.


Friday, July 3, 2020 - 6:00am

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

Thursday, July 2, 2020 - 6:00am

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

Wednesday, July 1, 2020 - 6:00am

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.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 - 6:00am

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

Monday, June 29, 2020 - 6:00am

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

Southern Gardening Articles

A small clump of hairy-type plant material grows on a tree trunk.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens, Landscape Plants and Trees Diseases

The great winter storm of 2021 is finally over, and now we can finally get out into our gardens to survey the damage. And my goodness: I am getting so many questions about whether this plant or that plant is going to make it.

A container of plants droop under a coating of frost.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

I have to admit that I can’t even remember the groundhog’s prediction when he was dragged out of his burrow in Punxsutawney, Pa., on Feb. 2. It seems we have experienced an entire year’s worth of weather conditions since that day.

A variety of different sized and colored containers rest on a bed of gravel.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

You may have figured out by now that I am passionate growing plants in containers. Everything in my coastal Mississippi landscape and garden grows in some form of container. Growing in containers gives me the sense of control I want in the garden.

A small tree has numerous, light brown branches.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

Regardless of what that darn groundhog predicts on Feb. 2, Mississippi gardeners are not going to enjoy an early spring because those prospects have already been dashed by the off and on cold weather.
Another garden disappointment is upon us, as February also marks crape murder season.

Three red tomatoes grow on a plant with green tomatoes.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

For the last few weeks, I’ve been encouraging home gardeners to be intentional with their garden and landscape activities this year. Like many others, I’ve spent these last weeks considering what I’m going to plant and grow in my own landscape this year.Among the plants I will definitely grow are my favorite Mississippi Medallion winners.


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Extension/Research Professor

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Senior Extension Associate
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