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Well, it seems like the warmer weather has arrived. The warmer, drier weather, and the fact that everyone is at home, has homeowners wanting to get out in the yard to do some much needed maintenance.

Instead of an article this week, I’ve decided to share a few recipes that look simple, delicious and healthy.  I invite anyone to share some of their favorite recipes, and I would love to post them on our Facebook Page or even include them in one of my articles.

March 19 marked the first day of spring this year, and all around us we see the signs of new life in our landscapes. Many plants are leafing out and blooming. The grass is once again greening, and all traces of dormancy and death are vanishing.

According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are many steps to follow to help prevent the spread of the now infamous coronavirus, COVID-19.

Red buckeye (Aesculus pavia) is a medium-size, deciduous tree-like shrub in the horse chestnut family. It can be found throughout the southeastern U.S. in its native habitat.

With the cold, and abnormally wet winter we have had this year, I believe everyone is looking forward to getting out into the garden. We received some great weather this past weekend, just in time for the Mardi Gras season.

Live oaks have a strong history in the Gulf South. Before steel, bronze and aluminum alloys were used, U.S. Navy ships were built from the strong wood of live oaks.

Strawberries are one of my favorite fruits, especially Louisiana strawberries. Just like its heart shape, strawberries are good for the heart as they contain antioxidants including anthocyanins.

If it seems every article for the month of February is about heart disease, well it is. According to the CDC, heart disease is the number one killer of men and women in the United States. This topic is also very near and dear to me as it hits right at home. In lieu of heart month, I would li…

Japanese magnolias are in bloom everywhere right now, possibly signifying an early spring. It’s one of the most strikingly beautiful blooming trees this time of year.

For the past two weeks, I have been mentoring a Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University (FranU) dietetic intern, Jacalyn Murphy.

Nothing completes a great recipe better than fresh herbs straight from your garden. Have you ever pulled out a recipe that calls for a specific fresh herb, gone to the grocery and couldn’t find it?

Pruning trees, especially crape myrtles, is commonplace in the winter months. This is when the trees are dormant, and pruning can be executed with the least amount of damage.  

History tells us that people began consuming tea in China in 2700 B.C. Countless books have been written on the history of tea and how it has made its way from an emperor’s cup in China to around the globe. The healing properties are documented, and countless studies have been conducted on t…

We are starting the new year off on a healthy note. I am excited to announce the LSU AgCenter has some great events planned to help you stay on track.

Three Pointe Coupee Parish 4-H members cooked on the big stage this summer at the Great American Seafood Cook-Off in New Orleans.

Poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima) is the traditional flower associated with Christmas and the top-selling flowering potted plant in the U.S.

Are you looking for a small to medium-sized, evergreen landscape tree that is easy to care for, has fragrant, delicate, white flowers and also makes delicious fruit?

With the crazy south Louisiana weather we have been having here lately, you may or may not have needed to use your in-home heater.

The leaves are falling all over the state now. Gorgeous as the colors may be on the trees as they turn from green to beautiful yellows, oranges and reds, they eventually dry out, turn brown and ultimately become litter on the ground.

Thanksgiving has come and gone. I hope everyone enjoyed their favorite fixings and time with family and friends. Christmas is quickly approaching, and then comes the New Year.

My last article talked of fall feeling like a second spring in Louisiana. Now, we have to consider how to care for freeze-damaged plants.

Harvesting your own game meat can be thrilling and a satisfying way to provide your family with all-natural, wholesome, and flavorful food.

Fall harvest season is in full swing, so rural drivers can expect to share the road with large farm implements.

I’m sure most of you have heard of the ketogenic diet or the keto diet. Prior to being the new weight loss trend, the ketogenic diet was first used in the 1920s to help treat children with epilepsy.

It’s satsuma time in Louisiana. Some early varieties began ripening in late September while other varieties will continue to mature through late November on into early December.

Have you found your recipe(s) for the 4-H Sugar & Pecan Cookery Contest yet?  Well, if you haven’t, you still have time to find the perfect sugar and/or pecan recipe! On Saturday, October 19, the 4-H Sugar & Pecan Cookery Contest will be held at The Julien Poydras Museum in New Roads…

No tricks here. It’s that time of year! The candy aisles are being stocked with tons of chocolates and candy corn for the upcoming Halloween season. According to data that was collected by the American Institute of Cancer Research, the average child consumes about 2 pounds of candy which can…

Littleleaf boxwood (Buxus microphylla) is a thick evergreen shrub native to Japan and heavily used in landscapes all over Louisiana as a low hedge planting, in mass plantings and as a foundation planting around a house. Boxwood has been used extensively in formal gardens for centuries to cre…

Temperatures continue to soar in the 90s even though it is officially fall and we are now in October. Even though our evening temperatures are cooling off, we have not had significant rain for several weeks in many parts of the state. And north Louisiana has pockets of drought. Just take a l…

Mark Carriere received the Achievement Award from the National Association of County Agriculture Agents during the 2019 Annual Meeting and Professional Improvement Conference held in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Mark Carriere was one of several honorees who represent the top one percent of the membe…

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