Are you working in the garden this weekend? Here are Dan Gill’s top tips | Home & Garden


With temperatures reaching the 90s and quick, sudden afternoon showers, the weather in New Orleans is returning to a familiar summer pattern.

Now is the time to make sure your lawn and garden is ready for the season with timely advice from expert Dan Gill.

Basil is one of the many things grown at the South Community Garden on S. Pierce Street.

FLAVOR SAVIORS: Dan says now is a good time to harvest and store spring grasses, and now is also a good time to plant those that will thrive in the coming heat. See Dan’s checklist here.

And is there anything more satisfying than picking a bouquet of fragrant herbs from your garden, then creating an easy summer meal? Our food writer Judy Walker thinks not: Here are some recipes that work with herbs like basil, mint, and oregano.

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A butterfly enjoys the pleasant weather at the BREC Botanical Gardens in Independence Park Monday, Oct. 11, 2021 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

WINGED THINGS: Colorful butterflies dancing around bright flowers create one of nature’s most dazzling combinations. Dan Gill tells us how to create a butterfly garden at home which not only invites these delicate creatures to visit, but is also naturally beautiful.

We know monarch butterflies love milkweed. Be careful, however, as some forms of milkweed can do monarch butterflies more harm than good. Dan explains why this is so and how make sure your milkweed is safe.

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Dr. Pamela Autrey, left, holds the plant in place while Amelia Young, right, moves the soil in place to hold it. Autrey is a preschool teacher who uses a garden to enhance teaching not only about plants and food, but also math and other subjects at Belfair Montessori Magnet School located at 4451 Fairfields Avenue on Thursday, October 7, 2021 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

DO’S AND DON’T’S OF DIRT: Well-drained soil filled with the proper nutrients now means a lush, full garden later. Dan Gill has the truth about how to complete your floor and what you absolutely do not need to do to grow your garden.

Chocolate mint grows in a container in the backyard garden that features ornamental and changeable plants at the New Orleans home of Ryan Houlihan and Jennifer Jane, pictured Sunday August 2, 2020.

And what about expensive store-bought potting soil? No need to go out and get all new every year. Your container garden can continue to produce very well, with a few easy soil additions. Read all about it here.

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Garden columnist Dan Gill answers questions from readers each week. To submit a question, email Gill at

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Garden columnist Dan Gill answers questions from readers each week. To submit a question, email Gill at

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