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On May 1st, 2018 by Kathie Rowell

Celebrate Mom!

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Mother's Day is just around the corner and we're stocked with a multitude of planters and hanging baskets, as well as garden and home decor. Drop by to browse. You're sure to find something that will put a smile on her face.


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On May 1st, 2018 by Kathie Rowell

Mark your calendar for May garden events

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We've got great garden events scheduled for May. The talks are free, except where noted, but we'd appreciate advance registration by calling 318-868-2701 or dropping by the nursery.

Here's the schedule:

Hot Ideas for Hanging Baskets: 9 a.m. May 10 and 24. Akin's staffers will demonstrate how to create a pleasing hanging basket and offer advice on plants that will stand up to our summer heat. The class is free, but you can turn it into a hands-on class and make your own basket to take home. The cost will depend on the basket and plants you choose.

Sensational Sedums: 10 a.m. May 19. Akin's staffer Julie Rogers, who has a degree in plant sicences from Louisiana Tech, will share tips on growing sedums and other succulents, which are great choices for hot weather.

Attracting Butterflies and Other Pollinators: 10 a.m. May 26. Northwest Louisiana Master Gardener Mike Livingston, who heads up the butterfly garden at the Randle T. Moore Center,  will share tips for attracting butterflies and other pollinators to your garden.


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On May 1st, 2018 by Kathie Rowell

May garden tips

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Cool-season annuals begin to decline in May and should be replaced with warm-season bedding plants, such as begonias, geraniums, angelonia, coleus, marigolds, periwinkles and pentas. Before replanting, boost soil with Vital Earth compost and Fertilome Bedding Plant Food.

Plant seeds of fast-growing annual flowers, such as zinnias, sunflowers, morning glories and moonvines.

Plant seeds of okra, Southern peas, pumpkins, sweet corn, watermelons, cucumbers, butter beans, squash, cantaloupes, collards and eggplants (transplants). Snap beans, butter beans, sweet corn, tomatoes and peppers (transplants) should be planted in the early days of May to prevent poor fruit set due to high temperatures.

Continue to plant herbs, such as basil, oregano, thyme, mint, chives, sage and rosemary.

Deadhead roses and continue a spray program to prevent blackspot and powdery mildew. We recommend Fertilome Systemic Fungicide, or Serenade for organic gardeners.

Plant new summer-flowering bulbs and rhizomes, such as lily of the Nile and canna lilies.

Watch the lawn for signs of brown patch, which often shows up during cool, wet weather. If you identify an outbreak, treat your lawn with Fertilome F-Stop.

Apply Sluggo if damage from snails and slugs occurs.

Spray trees affected by scale insects with Bonide All-Seasons Horticultural Oil. Crape myrtles should be treated for crape myrtle bark scale with either Fertilome Tree and Shrub Drench or Hi-Yield Systemic Insect Spray.

Watch azaleas for lacebugs. You’ll know they are present if the leaves are white and green speckled and the underside of the foliage has dark specks. Control them with Fertilome Triple Action or Bonide All Seasons Horticultural Oil.


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On March 31st, 2018 by Kathie Rowell

April Saturdays are exciting at Akin's

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April is jam-packed with fun garden activities at Akin's. Check these out!

  • The response was so great to our recent Deluxe Potting Party that we've scheduled three more! Dates are April 7, 21 and 28 at 9 a.m. Participants will receive a beautiful Vietnamese pottery container, potting soil, sun or shade plants to fill it and advice from Akin's staffers. Cost is $25 and space is limited so preregistration is required by calling 318-868-2701 or dropping by the nursery. We look forward to three more mornings of fun!
  • Our next garden talk will be at 10 a.m. April 14. Sandra Poole will share ideas for decorating your home with natural materials from your yard. Admission is free, but we appreciate advance registration. Call 318-868-2701 or drop by the nursery to sign up.

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On March 31st, 2018 by Kathie Rowell

April garden tips

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  • Begin planting warm-season bedding plants, such as begonias, geraniums, gerbera daisies, coleus, marigolds, salvia and pentas. If your soil could use a boost, enrich it with Vital Earth compost and Fertilome Bedding Plant Food.
  • Cool-season annuals should be at their peak this month. Keep them flourishing by deadheading and fertilizing with Fertilome Bedding Plant Food.
  • Plant seeds of corn, cucumber, beans, peas, summer squash, snap beans, cantaloupe and watermelon. Transplant tomatoes and peppers. Improve your garden soil by incorporating Vital Earth compost.
  • Set aside a portion of your veggie garden or flower bed for herbs, such as basil, oregano, mint, sage, chives and rosemary.
  • Don’t dump your Easter lily after the holiday is past! Cut the bloom off after it fades and set the plant into a spot where it will receive morning sun and afternoon shade. It will go dormant in the summer but come back and bloom again next April or May.
  • Continue to plant roses, and fertilize established roses if you didn’t last month. We recommend Rose-tone organic plant food.
  • Continue a spray program to prevent blackspot on roses. We recommend Fertilome Systemic Fungicide.
  • Watch the lawn for signs of brown patch, which often shows up during cool, wet weather. If it does, treat with Fertilome F-Stop.
  • Plant new perennials and fertilize established clumps with Fertilome Bedding Plant Food.
  • Dig and divide crowded perennials, such as Shasta daisies, black-eyed susans, phlox and purple coneflowers, early in the month.
  • Apply Sluggo if damage from snails and slugs occurs.
  • Fertilize azaleas and camellias after they have finished blooming. We recommend Holly-tone organic plant food for all woody plants.
  • Spray trees affected by scale insects with Bonide All-Seasons Horticultural Oil.
  • Watch azaleas for lacebugs. You’ll know they are present if the leaves are white and green speckled and the underside of the foliage has dark specks. Control them with Fertilome Triple Action or Bonide All Seasons Horticultural Oil.

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On March 2nd, 2018 by Kathie Rowell

March garden tips

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Continue to install trees and shrubs into the landscape to get them off to a good start before hot weather arrives.

Keep cool-season annuals flourishing by deadheading and fertilizing with Fertilome Bedding Plant Food.

Remove the old flowers and developing seed pods from perennial spring-flowering bulbs, such as daffodils and snowflakes. Leave the foliage until it turns yellow and falls over so it can feed the bulb and create a new flower for next year.

Continue to plant roses, and fertilize established roses.  We recommend Rose-tone organic plant food.

Begin a spray program to prevent blackspot on roses as soon as leaves sprout. We recommend Fertilome Systemic Fungicide.

Plant new summer-flowering bulbs and divide the established clumps in your yard.

Plant seeds of corn, cucumber, beans, peas, summer squash, cantaloupe and watermelon after danger of frost is over – usually mid-March in North Louisiana. Transplant tomatoes and peppers. Improve your garden soil by incorporating Vital Earth compost.

Apply a weed-and-feed product to fertilize your grass and prevent weeds.

Watch the lawn for signs of brown patch, which often shows up during cool, wet weather. If it shows up, treat with Fertilome F-Stop.

Plant new perennials and fertilize established clumps with Fertilome Bedding Plant Food.

Dig and divide crowded perennials such as Shasta daisies, black-eyed susans, phlox, day lilies and purple coneflowers.

Apply Sluggo if damage from snails and slugs occurs.

Fertilize established shrubs. We recommend Holly-tone organic plant food for all woody plants.

Watch azaleas for lacebugs. You’ll know they are present if the leaves are white and green speckled and the underside of the foliage has dark specks. Control them with Fertilome Triple Action or Bonide All Seasons Horticultural Oil.

Finish pruning  evergreen and summer flowering trees and shrubs. Prune spring-flowering shrubs like azaleas, forsythia and quince only after they finish blooming, if needed.

Add mulch underneath camellias, azaleas and other shrubs if coverage has thinned over winter.


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On March 2nd, 2018 by Kathie Rowell

Spring garden events schedule

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Join us for our Spring 2018 garden events! Admission is free except where noted, but we'd love to know if you plan to attend so call 318-868-2701 to register.

Organic Veggie Gardening
10 a.m. March 10

Shreveport Green garden coordinator Lauren Jones will share her tips for earth-friendly vegetable gardening.

Deluxe Potting Party
10 a.m. March 15

Participants will receive a piece of Vietnamese pottery, potting soil, plants and help from Akin's staffers to create a lovely container garden. Class size is limited to 15 and preregistration is required. Cost: $25.

Plants for Small Gardens
10 a.m. March 17

Akin's staffer Julie Rogers will recommend plants suitable for tight spaces, like courtyards and small gardens.

Cooking with Basil and More
10 a.m. March 24

Retired Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service county agent/dietitian Cheryl Maxwell will share recipes and tips using basil and other herbs.

Decorating with Natural Materials
10 a.m. April 14

Sandra Poole will demonstrate home decorating ideas using materials from your back yard.


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On February 1st, 2018 by Kathie Rowell

Spring 2018 Garden Classes

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There's always more to learn about gardening, so mark your calendars for these upcoming talks:

  • 10 a.m. March 10: "Organic Vegetable Gardening" with speaker Lauren Jones, garden coordinator for Shreveport Green.
  • 10 a.m. March 17: "Gardening in Small Spaces" by Akin's staffer Julie Rogers.
  • 10 a.m. March 24: "Cooking with Basil and More" with speaker Cheryl Maxwell, retired Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service county agent/dietitian.
  • 10 a.m. April 14: "Decorating with Natural Materials" by Sandra Poole.

Admission is free, but we appreciate advance registration by calling 318-868-2701.


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