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The Sumter Farmers Market

By Sean Flynn

Sumter Farmers Market

The Sumter Farmers Market is open from April 5 to November 22 from 1pm to 6pm on the campus of University of South Carolina Sumter!

Chickasaw Plum for Wildlife

By Alfred Turner

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Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. I’ve been noticing Chickasaw plums on my drive to Sumter recently. I see them on the dry, open woodlands as I drive down towards the Wateree flood plain.

The Pros and Cons of Black Cherry and Cherry Laurel

By Amanda McNulty

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Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. Both Prunus serotina, black cherry, and Prunus caroliniana, cherry laurel, contain prussic acid, cyanide, and the wilted leaves especially are harmful to horses and cattle. If you crush the leaves of black cherry, you can really smell that acrid compound. On the other hand, if you rub cherry laurel glossy evergreen leaves together between your hands, they smell just like maraschino cherries.

Soft Shell Crabs

By Craig Ness

“Making It Grow” taped a segment at Hudson’s Resturaunt in Hilton Head, SC. Host and Clemson Extension Agent Amanda McNulty talk

Making It Grow taped a segment at Hudson’s Resturaunt in Hilton Head, S.C. Host and Clemson Extension Agent Amanda McNulty talked with owner Andrew Carmines about their soft shell crabs and also their oyster operation.  In the spring, Hudson’s has a soft shell crab shedding operation that includes shedding boxes in the packinghouse with a water circulating system to facilitate and manage the molting process. Once the crabs back out of their shells, they are immediately removed and served at the restaurant. Last year they shed out over 2,300 crabs

Tent Caterpillars and Black Cherry Trees

By Alfred Turner

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Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. Our native black cherry, Prunus serotina, is usually defaced this time of year by a large web of silk that houses several hundred leaf-eating Eastern tent caterpillars. If you can reach the web, use a small rake to pull the mass to the ground. Then you can actually stomp on the caterpillars and destroy them.

LED Light Bulbs: A Bright Idea

By Linda Nunez

File photo of an L.E.D. lightbulb.

 

When the “light emitting diode,” or “LED” light was first developed, it was primarily used as an indicator light in lab equipment. But as the low energy consumption of LEDs was observed, and costs for manufacturing LEDs went down, the new lighting technology found its way into the hands of consumers. Users of the more modern light bulbs not only began to see lower power bills, but also noticed how rarely they needed to replace their LED bulbs.

The Value of Black Cherry Trees

By Alfred Turner

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Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. Prunus serotina, black cherry, is our most important and largest native cherry tree in North America. It has a huge range, from the middle of Canada to Florida, over to Texas and Arizona and even with a subspecies that extends into Mexico and parts of Central America.

Southern Heritage Crops

By Sean Flynn

Southern Heritage Crops

To learn more about Southern heritage Crops, Clemson Extension Agent and Host of "Making It Grow" Amanda McNulty travels to Charleston, SC and the home of award winning author, chef and TV host Nathalie Dupree. Here, Chef Kristian Niemi joins the conversation and also prepares some of his favorite dishes using southern heritage crops.

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