Cut flowers are a delightful way to bring the garden indoors. If you have a variety of flowering plants, a quick trip to your yard can supply a handsome bouquet most weeks during the growing season and even into the winter. Not all flowers make good cut flowers, so a bit of research or trial…

Majestic, graceful and apparently always ravenous, deer are simply unavoidable for most of us. To be fair, the animals that nibble in our gardens are not aware of our purposes and cultivation. They are just going about the business of survival in an ever-developing landscape. But, oh, is it …

There are parts of South Carolina that feel like a jungle at times, with the lush growth of vines covering everything. Wisteria and kudzu climb and overtake buildings, power poles, and other trees as if it was a post-apocalyptic landscape. It’s so commonplace that most of us don’t think much…

There is still an opportunity to garden from seed for certain flowers and vegetables. Large-seeded and quick-growing species can be sown directly into the garden soil in spring after all chance of frost has passed. Zinnias, marigolds, cosmos, sunflower, beans, corn, cucumber and squash are g…

The time is upon us! Garden centers are beginning to burst at the seams with colorful annuals, perennials, shrubs and an array of vegetable transplants. Local plant sales are lined up for nearly every weekend this month. Seed gardeners are hardening off their transplants, or even cautiously …

Gardeners across the U.S. are in varying stages of preparing their vegetable gardens. Most will choose to include tomatoes in their plans. According to garden.org, tomatoes are the number one vegetable grown in home gardens. For some home gardeners, the traditional row crop production of tom…

The racks of spring-planted bulbs, bare-root plants and tubers were in box stores and garden shops back in February as I shopped for my own garden needs. Colorful photos mounted to the fronts of boxes and bins are all a gardener has to go by when selecting these dormant garden goodies. Bulbs…

March has arrived, and it’s officially time for planting spring vegetables. Broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale and other transplants can be set in the garden this month. Sow seeds of beets, carrots, radish, lettuce and spinach starting mid-month. These cool-season crops thrive in cooler te…

One thing that makes most horticulturists cringe is the practice of needlessly topping a tree. The elegant crape myrtle is often a victim.

February is generally an ideal time of year for pruning. However, now is not the time to prune certain species of plants – that is, if you like flowers. In the plant world, each species has its own rhythm for growth and reproduction. Cutting back some plants right now will remove their abili…

February is a busy month for those that start their vegetable gardens from seed. Those popular home-grown crops of tomatoes and peppers need to be sown 6 to 8 weeks before planting time. Our average last frost date falls between April 8th and April 15th, depending on the percent chance of fr…

I was attending the Extension Master Gardener Coordinator virtual conference last fall when I first heard of the Jesup Wagon. The capstone speaker, Tony Franklin, associate director of field operations for the University of Illinois Extension, spoke about building an inclusive Master Gardene…

Your dentist or eye doctor might send you a friendly reminder email when it’s time to schedule another appointment, but did you know that an email reminder about your septic system could come to your inbox? That’s right, Clemson Extension has set up a yearly reminder email service for septic…

So many of us start each year with plans to eat better. I have personally resolved to dispatch the “quarantine fifteen” that crept on last year. Now, three weeks into 2021, are some of these resolutions beginning to fall flat? Take heart, Clemson Extension has resources for healthy eating, d…

Properly pruning plants might feel like going into battle, especially without the right tools. Dull or undersized pruning tools can leave the plant unnecessarily damaged and will cause you to work harder to get the job done. Choose the correct tool for the size of the stem or branch that wil…

U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released the 2019 Census of Horticultural Specialties in December last year. The report showed that Florida (2nd), North Carolina (6th) and Georgia (9th), were top 10 states in horticultural sales. These ranking…

As I prepared to write a column for Christmas Day, I thought about plants that are significant during the holidays, and I asked myself, “What is Frankincense anyway?” As a child, I was told that it was a valuable gift of incense, a precious thing that would honor a king. Frankincense is the …

In 2017, the average U.S. household spent more than $500 a year on lawn care and gardening activities (statista.com). With the surge in home gardening because of the COVID-19 pandemic, I can only expect that number has gone up for 2020.

Houseplants are much more than strategically placed living décor. They can benefit mental and physical health. There are many easy-care houseplants to choose from, with plants such as pothos and succulents thriving on neglect. But when a houseplant declines it can be a frustrating scenario, …

The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted a lot of supply chains, in one way or another. Low availability of toilet paper, printer cartridges, even appliances all affected my household. And those that regularly garden from seed might have noticed favorite varieties were impossible to find. Even if we …

As the holiday season approaches, what’s on the menu is in focus more than what’s in the garden. However, indoor plants and gifts can brighten the season and keep gardeners’ thumbs green. If you cannot be with loved ones this year, one plant that ships exceptionally well and provides cheerfu…

One of the most under-appreciated services of Clemson Extension is the laboratory testing services for soil testing. Not to be confused with “dirt,” soil is a complex structure of particles, nutrients, air, water and living organisms. The success of any growing endeavor starts in the soil. F…