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The Emmy Award-winning Making It Grow! is a live, interactive call-in program produced by ETV and Clemson University. Host Amanda McNulty from Clemson Extension shares her thoughts on gardening topics. Watch Making It Grow! Tuesdays at 7:00 pm.

Out on the Cannon Bridge Road

June 03, 2013

There’re things about South Carolina that I imagine you don’t experience in other states. Like a visit to Cannon Bridge Road near the Edisto River over in Orangeburg which was prompted by a desire to get fresh strawberries and blueberries grown by Monty Rast. Team MIG visited Longview Farms over in Calhoun County recently to see the unique blueberry operation the Rast family has established. Hundreds of blueberry plants are growing in 25 gallon plants. This is a family fond of 25 gallon containers; Mr. Rast’s late father filled them with cotton gin trash and grew Jerusalem artichokes that hardly… READ MORE

Finally at Last

April 15, 2013

Last Saturday we finally had asparagus emerge from the bottom of the trench. For over a month, I have been peering into the depths of the earth (well, six inches) looking those tiny green spears. All I had to show for it was two fire ant bites.

But Saturday there they were! Tiny, pencil-lead sized miniature asparagus. Of the thirty crowns we planted, at last count there were nine that had emerged. Now the trick is to wait for the others and then very carefully add another two inches of soil to the trench without breaking those delicate shoots.


A New Plant on the Block

March 11, 2013

The farm lands near Lake City, South Carolina, are bordered by deep ditches. Without those ditches, the area would be like a swamp, and even with those ditches, recently those fields have still been flooded. My family traveled through that part of the world on the way to a meeting in Ocean Drive and had an interesting discovery.

The week before, on Making It Grow!, Tony Melton had told me that farmers had unharvested vegetables going to seed in the fields – the ground was too wet to support a tractor. Many of those plants were Brassicas – members of the… READ MORE


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