Welcome to The Bayou Gardener. Located on the banks of Bayou des Glaises in Avoyelles Parish Louisiana. The fertile land along it's banks are ideal for farming and growing vegetable gardens.
Folks have settled on the waterways of Louisiana for hundreds of years which provided a means of transportation, hunting, fishing, trapping, farming and raising a family. Many little Cajuns (me included) grew up and still live on the Bayou, a true Sportsman's Paradise.
The secret to a successful garden is, "keeping it simple". Plant at the right time, at the right depth and in an area with plenty sunshine. Supply necessary nutrients, water, control the insects and the weeds. Sounds like a lot of work but it really isn't. Keeping tract of what you do in the garden is also easy using a vegetable planting calendar. The answer to most of the above can be found online at a university near you. A good example (for planting in Zone 8) is provided by the LSU AgCenter's Vegetable Planting Guide. Another good source from LSU is the Commercial Planting Guide. Visit their site for a ton of other great information. LSU AgCenter
Much of what we do or plan to do in our gardens is effected by the weather. Knowing what's headed your way can greatly improve your chances of making the right decisions. I use the following radar site by the National Weather Service which gives me a heads up, covering the entire US so I can see it coming a long ways off.
Hardneck Rocambole Garlic planted for the first time.
About 1/3 of the garlic has come up so far.
Cabbage in the foreground and Cauliflower in the background
This will be the third time cutting this leaf lettuce
Another planting of lettuce just coming up
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