IN THE YARD: Morning glory

Morning glory vines unfurl their flowers in pink, blue and purple in the early hours of the day to earn their name.

Even though the flowers don’t last long, the sight of a morning glory is a heart-lifting experience, especially the classic “Heavenly Blue” with its vibrant color.

Seeds for the annual climber should be planted in a sheltered, but sunny place. These twining vines also need a string, fence or latticework for support.

Vines are among the fastest growing plants we have. In some cases, that’s a nice feature when the vines top their supporting structure and grow right over it, to provide shade below. At other times, says LSU horticulturist Dan Gill, it’s helpful to “train” vines, weaving their stems horizontally along their support, to keep it lush.

MULCH MATTERS: The LSU AgCenter reminds that mulch should be spread outward and not piled up. Too deep a mulch isn’t healthy for most plants. Annual bedding plants can be mulched about 1 inch deep; shrubs about 2 inches and trees about 3-4 inches.

HOME HARVEST: If you’re pleased with the harvest you’re getting in your vegetable garden this summer, send us some pictures.

And if your children are enjoying the fresh vegetables, maybe for the first time, let us know what they think about this “new kind” of produce and if they’re now fans.

Send your pictures and stories to ecouvillion@theadvocate.com.

Ellyn Couvillion

Advocate staff writer