Alfred Turner

The Best Southern Maples for Fall Color

By Alfred Turner

Making It Grow logoHello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow . Trips to New England in the fall must be delightful – you get to wear a sweater in September, lobsters are plentiful and inexpensive, the woodlands are ablaze with color. The sugar maples that are native to that part of the word, Acer saccharum, not only give us maple syrup but reliably develop the red anthocyanin pigments as the rainfall and temperatures in those northern areas are usually just right for that process to occur. But down in the warmer southeast, our native maples, Red maple, Acer rubrum, are...

When is Peak Color for Red Maples in S.C.

By Alfred Turner

Making It Grow logoHello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow . The red maples that thrive in the flood plains of the Congaree and Wateree Rivers are actually more striking in January and February than in the fall of the year. Their flowers and fruits that follow, those seed containing samaras, are often bright red or sometimes a deep burgundy and they are the earliest trees to show any color in the spring. In order for red maples to develop vibrant autumn color, we need to have cool, not freezing night time temperatures as the leaves begin to senesce. But in most of South...

Cownose Ray

By Alfred Turner

A dead Cownose ray on the beachThe Cownose ray (Rhinoptera bonasus) is a species of eagle ray found throughout a large part of the western Atlantic and Caribbean, from New England, United States to southern Brazil.

Managing Your Insurance Policies

By Alfred Turner

Peter PigeonWhen was the last time you reviewed your insurance policies? Have you ever put together an actual insurance plan to make sure you aren’t missing anything? Our next guest says many people tend to put off insurance planning because it’s just not a lot of fun. And, he adds, that is unfortunate because insurance should be viewed as a valuable tool in your overall financial plan. Mike Switzer interviews Peter Pigeon is a Certified Financial Planner with Hobbs Group Advisors in Columbia, SC.

Healthy Sleep Routine in the First Year of Life

By Alfred Turner

Dr. Rachel ZweigoronThis week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Rachel Zweigoron about healthy sleep routines for infants, in the first year of life. Dr. Zweigoron is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and a Pediatrician at MUSC Children’s Health.

Fall Color in Southern Red Maple Trees

By Alfred Turner

Making It Grow logoHello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow . Last week we got out the wool blankets, fortunately I haven’t seen any new holes since I packed them carefully with moth balls at the end of last winter. One of the delights of cooler temperatures besides snuggling under the cover is the colors that we see in nature. As I drive across the Congaree River floodplain, some of the deciduous trees, including the bald cypress, are beginning to show color. Although people go to Maine specially to see the sugar maple trees, our southern red maples are not reliably worth a...

SC Business Update from John "Swampfox" Warner

By Alfred Turner

John WarnerJohn Warner Credit Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio An update of the news, issues, and events facing the entrepreneurial community in South Carolina. Mike Switzer interviews John Warner is co-founder of Accessible Diagnostics and the Swampfox Facebook page, based in Greenville, S.C.

Early Detection of Bladder Cancer

By Alfred Turner

Dr. Thomas KeaneDr. Thomas Keane Credit Bobbi Conner/MUSC This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Thomas Keane about prevention, early detection and treatment of bladder cancer. Dr. Keane is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Urology and he specializes in managing prostate, bladder and kidney cancer at MUSC.

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