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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.


Pretty in Pink

Pretty in Pink

July 25, 2021

One of the most cheerful flower colors that can be grown in any home garden and landscape is pink. Let’s take a look at a few other plants that produce flowers that are pretty in pink.

I Can't Wheat!

I Can't Wheat!

July 18, 2021

Ornamental grasses are a popular choice for the landscape. But I’ve found a great alternative to these grasses. 

Perfect Fit Tomatoes

Perfect Fit Tomatoes

July 11, 2021

I have to say my spring tomato crop is looking good this year. Let’s take a look at the various selections I’m growing in my home garden.

Small Backyard Spaces

Small Backyard Spaces

July 4, 2021

I’m always inspired by the potential of a small landscape space. Let’s take a look at how using simple ideas and techniques transforms a small backyard. 

Yucca Plant

Yucca Plant

June 27, 2021

A plant I remember from my growing-up years in Michigan is yucca. You won’t be surprised that this plant is also right at home here in Mississippi. 


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

Three large, yellow flowers with dark centers bloom on green stems.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

When Mississippi’s oppressive heat and humidity drive gardeners indoors, there’s one blooming beauty sure to brings us back outdoors: the Rudbeckia. These flowers, also commonly known as black-eyed Susans, make gorgeous cut flowers for indoor use.

Small pink flower clusters bloom at the end of branches.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

Looking at gardens and landscapes across the South in July, there’s one plant that has most gardeners talking. You may have guessed that I’m referring to the crape myrtle. Who doesn’t love the large, showy panicles with their many small, individual flowers?

Pink flowers bloom on a green plant
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

One of the best flowering annuals we can have in the second half of the summer season is the flowering vinca. I made a brief comment a couple of weeks ago about replacing petunias with flowering vincas

A round, black plastic head faces a plant.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

When summer temperatures soar, remember that irrigation is required for optimum plant growth and proper maintenance of Mississippi gardens and landscapes.

Dozens of yellow and orange blooms form a solid blanket.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

We’re coming up on our Independence Day holiday, which marks a change in our gardens and landscapes. It’s not going to be a change in temperatures because we have to wait until September or October to enjoy cooler weather.The change I’m referring to is the beginning of second summer around the Fourth of July holiday.


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