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Watermelon Parfait

By Sean Flynn

Watermelon Parfait2019 South Carolina Watermelon Queen Courtney Kubu visits us at "Making It Grow" and shares some nutritional information about watermelon and also shows us how to make a watermelon parfait!

Dorr Farms

By Sean Flynn

Dorr Farms Dorr Farms is a u-pick family farm in Gable, SC that grows strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and a variety of other seasonal produce. They also collect and package honey on the property.

Making It Grow: Turning Your Yard Into a Habitat

By Alfred Turner

Making It Grow Minute Extra logoClemson Extension Agent and Host of “ Making It Grow , Amanda McNulty is joined by fellow agent Terasa Lott who shares her ideas of transforming her yard from turfgrass to one that is more habitat friendly.

Promoting South Carolina Watermelon

By Alfred Turner

Making It Grow logoHello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow . South Carolina’s watermelon queen for 2019, Courtney Kubo, visited Making It Grow recently. She and other state’s representatives gave out 44,000 containers of watermelon at the Charleston Bridge Run recently and will do the same in Washington, DC, for the Marine Corps Marathon. Watermelon flesh is a great way to rehydrate – it’s almost all water and contains potassium which helps regulate fluid levels. Under the aegis of the South Carolina Watermelon Board, Courtney, like her predecessors, travels throughout the...

Good News for Watermelon Growers

By Alfred Turner

Making It Grow logoHello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow . The US Department of Agriculture Ag Research Service just announced on June 26 a very exciting breakthrough for watermelon growers. Pat Wechter, a USDA researcher at the joint USDA Clemson Coastal Research and Education Center outside of Charleston, and Clemson professor Richard Hassell, have developed a new watermelon rootstock that not only provides protection from fusarium wilt but also saves melons from the damage done by root knot nematodes. Fusarium is a soil borne fungus that can live in the soil for thirty...

Watermelons and Downy Mildew

By Alfred Turner

Making It Grow logoHello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow . Certain strains of downy mildew are serious diseases of cucurbit family members – squash, cucumbers, melons and watermelons. Watermelons, in particular, are very important economically for some South Carolina farmers. Infected plants have angular lesions on the tops of leaves but the reproductive structures, resembling a grey, white mold, are on on the underside of the leaves. To spread, these spores needs free water and cool temperatures – so the usually early morning time for irrigation makes infection more...

Remontant Hydrangeas

By Alfred Turner

Making It Grow logoHello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow . Summers in South Carolina can seem endless as autumn seems to come later and later each year. The phrase Endless Summer has a happier connotation, however, when it comes to a series of reblooming hydrangeas. The fancy word for reblooming is remontant, meaning a plant blooming or producing a crop more than once a season. The Endless Summer series are the first ever reblooming cultivars producing flowers on both old and new wood. If we have a late freeze that kills the buds set the previous year, these wonderful new...

Hydrangea Blooms

By Alfred Turner

Making It Grow logoHello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow . Recently we had a caller whose hydrangeas didn’t have a single bloom although the foliage was lush and healthy and the plants got plenty of morning sun and had bloomed in past years. Our horticultural experts reminded viewers that some of the older varieties of bigleaf or French hydrangeas only bloom on last season’s wood --- the plants set flowering buds before the plants go dormant in the fall. If we have a late cold snap after those buds have broken dormancy after an early warm period, they can be killed. Or If...

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