How Serious are Social Security Worries?

By Alfred Turner

John CooperFor decades, the media has been reporting that the social security system is in trouble. And here are just a few recent news headlines: “ Social Security is running out of money, with benefits on track to be reduced by 2035” ABC News - April 22, 2019 “ How much longer will Social Security last?” AARP - April 23, 2019 “ Will Social Security be around when I’m ready to retire?” The Washington Post - May 6, 2019 So we’ve invited our next guest to help us take a look at the situation through Social Security’s recently released annual report . Mike Switzer interviews John Cooper, a certified...

The Remarkable Diversity of South Carolina's Natural Landscape

By Alfred Turner

Making It Grow logoHello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow . One of the remarkable features of our state is the incredible diversity that comes from our encompassing mountains, foothills, piedmont, sandhills and coastal plains ecosystems. Conservationists recognized the threats to special sites with the increase in development, and in 1974, South Carolina was the first state in the nation to take steps to protect and preserve the most important sites due to unique geographical features, rare animal/plant communities, or cultural significance. The Nature Conservancy worked...

Making It Grow Extra: Carolina Bays

By Alfred Turner

Making It Grow Minute Extra logoDr. John Nelson of the AC Moore Herbarium joins Clemson Extension Agent and the host of Making It Grow , Amanda McNulty, to talk about Carolina Bays.

Discovering Schweinitz's Sunflower

By Alfred Turner

Making It Grow logoHello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow . The Schweinitz sunflower was named for Lewis David de Scweinitz, an American botanist with important German connections. Born in Pennsylvania, he was a descendant of the founder of the Moravian Church, and traveled to Germany for training at a seminary there. . Returning to the United States, he worked for that Church in Salem, North Carolina, and also pursued his studies in local mycology --- cataloging nearly 1400 species of fungi from that area. Fortunately for us, he also collected plants and his specimen of...

Lillie's of Charleston

By Sean Flynn

Lillie's of Charleston"Making It Grow" featured South Carolina Specialty Food Association member Lillie's of Charleston. Tracey Richardson shared the story of these sauces and also shared some recipes. Lillie’s Spicy Hummus Extra Virgin Olive oil Hummus Lillie’s of Charleston Low Country Loco or Special Blend hot sauce Black Benne seeds Directions: In a medium sized bowl, pour in olive oil just coating bottom. Next spoon your favorite hummus on top. Drizzle in your choice of Lillie’s or Charleston hot sauce in a circular pattern. Using a narrow utensil (like a bamboo skewer or butter knife), swirl the hot sauce...


By Amanda McNulty

Making It Grow logoHello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow . At a recent funeral in Columbia, the homily included remarks about the thousands of jars of artichoke relish the departed parsishoner had made over the years for an annual bazaar. Artichoke pickles are made from a native sunflower, Helianthus tuberosus. Believed to have first been domesticated by western native americans, it’s now found in almost every state and in half of Canada. Typical yellow flowers atop tall stems and the roots consist of fleshy tubers, the edible part of the plant for us (birds, of course,...

Sunflowers Are For the Birds

By Alfred Turner

Making It Grow logoHello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow . I’m going to suggest that my bird-loving friend Ann Nolte add a large planting of sunflowers to her “big yard” garden outside St. Matthews . Here’s a partial list of birds that feast on the seeds – doves, quail, blackbirds, bobolinks, chickadees, goldfinches, meadowlarks and tufted titmice. The smaller black seeded sunflower seeds are preferred – they have a higher fat content – especially important in cold weather when animals need to burn calories to stay warm – and their thinner shells make them easier to crack...

Peach Enchiladas

By Sean Flynn

Peach EnchiladasGaie McLeod joins us at "Making It Grow" and shows us how to make Peach Enchiladas. 2 (8oz) tubes crescent rolls 2 sticks butter 4 firm peaches, peeled and quartered 1 1⁄2 cups sugar 1 tsp cinnamon 1 12oz Mountain Dew Melt butter, add sugar and cinnamon, unroll crescent rolls and place peach quarters in each one. Roll from large end to small (or use 2 crescent roll triangles and place together to make a pastry). Place a 12 x 10 x 2 inch pan. Pour butter mixture over rolled up peach quarters, then pour Mountain Dew on top. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

Champney's Blueberry Cobbler

By Sean Flynn

Champney's Blueberry CobblerEmery Tumbleston of Champney's Blueberry Farm in Ravenel, SC brings in some fresh blueberries off the farm and shows us at "Making It Grow" how to make an easy and tasty cobbler!