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Hi y’all! I’m Fluffy, the nursery cat. I write Banting’s monthly gardening blog.

As the resident expert in all things gardening, I use the power of the pen to entertain my audience and deliver informative content. (I am also getting paid extra in cat treats) 

I hope you enjoy my updates and of course come visit me at Banting’s. I always enjoy a pet!

October 2019

October has finally arrived. A month all my humans seem to get very excited over. I’m not so sure. In their heads, they believe October has cool, crisp weather. They order these orange, round balls…I think they are called pumpkins for the nursery.

Weird creatures humans. They requested I craft a fall photo video from both store locations. You best enjoy, as I it took me DAYS to create. Having no opposable thumbs is sometimes a setback.


“Pumpkins” as my humans call them have arrived at the nursery. I find them to be strange round play toys for cats, but a bit too heavy in my opinion. Let me tell you, we have a lot of them! Plenty of colors and sizes. I have included this chart on our pumpkin varieties we offer.

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Fall Photo Areas

So I had a strange human poking around my nursery last week. He kept moving plants and pumpkins all around. I thought he had lost his marbles until my humans made me aware he came to do visual merchandising….Some fellow named William from Abat-Jour LLC.

He created fall photo areas at both locations. Says that we should give families an area for photo opportunities. In my opinion, I think it should have been a photo area for cats, which is why I have included one of my favorite photos from the photo area. I don’t understand how he gets paid to move things around. When I move things around, my humans yell at me….ugh…

Oyster, the Lacombe nursery cat, posing for a photo

Oyster, the Lacombe nursery cat, posing for a photo

Anna, one of my humans, posing in Bridge City

Anna, one of my humans, posing in Bridge City


Control Whiteflies, Aphids, & Scale

Moving on to gardening news. Those pesky bugs are at it again. Now is the time to spray plants like crape myrtle, camellia, holly, gardenia, magnolia, and citrus if you find scale, whitefly, or aphids. An indicator for whitefly, aphids, and scale is formation of black sooty mold on the leaves of your plant.

Magnolia scale. Photo by Dan Gill

Magnolia scale. Photo by Dan Gill

Sooty Mold on Crape Myrtle

Sooty Mold on Crape Myrtle

Black sooty mold is a fungus that grows on the surface of plant leaves. The insects feed on the sap of your plants and excrete honeydew that the sooty mold feeds on.

To control sooty mold you must control the insects feeding on the plant. To control, use acephate, imidacloprid, malathion or other recommended insecticides on ornamental plants. Organic options are neem oil, horticultural oil and spinosad. We offer these options at Banting’s to help control your pest problems.

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New Orleans Fall Garden Festival

Banting’s is participating in the New Orleans Fall Garden Festival. Hmphh…I wasn’t invited. My humans say that it’s sure to be a fun time with plenty of fall decor like mums, pumpkins, crotons, and more. Mark your calendars for the following date:

New Orleans Fall Garden Festival- Saturday & Sunday, October 5th & 6th

Sat 10am-5pm New Orleans Botanical Gardens in City Park

Sun 10am-4pm


Mum Report

Mums are budded and blooming at our mum growing operation in Lacombe. Mums are available at both Banting’s locations. Many colors to choose from including red, yellow, and purple!


Vegetables and Herbs to Plant in October

Once the weather cools down a bit this month, it’s time to get create your vegetable and herb garden.

Vegetables to plant this month:



Brussels Sprouts





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Herbs to plant this month:












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