Welcome to the independent website of the Master Gardeners of Greater New Orleans! This site is intended to provide our members and the general public with up-to-date information on our organization including educational and gardening activities, volunteer opportunities in and around town, and the latest news of MGGNO.   General information about the Louisiana Master Gardener program, horticultural publications and more can be found at lsuagcenter.com and in this brief article by Miles Brashier, Louisiana Master Gardener Coordinator4.

Our Mission

To increase the public’s love for and knowledge of gardening and responsible stewardship of the environment.

Serving Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines and St. Bernard parishes, the Master Gardeners of Greater New Orleans strives to aid  the LSU AgCenter to meet the educational needs of home gardeners in our community while providing enjoyable, worthwhile service experience for our members.

Gardening Tips

Beets – Beta vulgaris

Beetroots as they more commonly referred to in Europe are the taproot portions of the beet plant. It is a member of the goosefoot family as is Swiss chard and sugar beets. Beets have been around since the Middle Ages but the varieties similar to what we eat today came later.

Beets can be direct seeded now until the end of February and again in Fall. Beets are a root crop with beautiful dark red color but can be gold and white. We also enjoy the leafy beet green tops.

Beets will stand frost and should be planted in successive plantings at 20-day intervals until midsummer for continuous supply of beets. They require well prepared loamy soil which is neutral to alkaline. High potassium is needed for good root development. Good drainage is important. Plant in full sun in the ground or in large containers with lots of room for root growth. Read more

2016 Fall Garden Show – our NEW LMG/MGGNO BOOTH

With “Plants from the Dark Side”, LMG merchandise, to Butterfly garden tours – Thank you to so many volunteers who came out for this three day October event!

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