SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - August starts tomorrow. So what should you be planting?
Come next month, temperatures are expected to be well above average. That means your dry weather plants will flourish.
Herbs, like sage, will do well.
So will transplants for tomatoes, eggplant, okra and peppers.
If you're a new gardener, LSU AgCenter recommends bell and hot peppers because they are more resilient to hot weather.
"Water, water, water. That's about the only thing I can tell you," Mark Wilson says, offering one simple tip to gardening.
"A fun trick of the trade is, especially if you are a homeowner gardener, you take your hand and look at your first knuckle," the LSU AgCenter horticulture specialist explains.
"You can put your finger down in the pot or the garden bed. And if that very first knuckle is still wet, you're good. You don't need to water as much."
It's still too hot to plant lettuce and any cabbages, Wilson says, so you might want to wait until we get into September for those.
But you don't have to wait until fall to start getting prepared for gardening.
Prepping plants or the ground they will be housed in is very important, Wilson says.
"Just like anything else, you want to make sure your planting service is sterile. What I mean by sterile is that you've gone through and removed all of those summer weeds that you've gone through."
He recommends putting down something like Preen or a weed preventative. Those are the best things to ensure your plants will have a healthy environment.
Other things you can do are mild tilling or solarization, which is just putting a clear plastic on top of the ground to sterilize it.