Winter Flower Arrangements

By Sean Flynn

Winter Flower ArrangementsKatie Dickson of Moore Farms Botanical Garden has transformed the downtown horticulture of Lake City from boring to dramatically engaging. She brings material she gathered after freezing temperatures to give us ideas on how we can plan our winter garden to provide material for arrangements whenever we need them.

Botanical Valentine Treats

By Sean Flynn

Botanical Valentine TreatsFor Valentines’ Day, Education Program Coordinator Allison Jones from the SC Botanical Garden visited the "Making It Grow" kitchen to show us how to make special Valentine treats along with some young helpers. The first one involved decorating sugar cookies with edible flower petals called “Botanical Valentine Cookies”. The second one was chocolate covered pretzels with icing called “Sweet and Salty Forsythia Branches”.

Cinnamon-Honey Granola Bars

By Sean Flynn

Cinnamon-Honey Granola BarsClemson Extension Health Agents Shana Madden and Danielle McFall share facts about cinnamon being used as a dietary supplement. They also answer questions about this spice as how it may or may not relate to diabetes and lowering blood sugar. In addition, they show us how to make a tasty cinnamon-honey granola bar!

The State of Southern Cuisine

By Walter Edgar

Shrimp and grits, 21st century style.January and February gave us the State of the Union address and the State of the State address – important stuff. But, for a Southerner, there are specific, important areas of life in these United States that these addresses didn't cover – areas that we need to check on once in a while. So, in early 2019, what is the State of Southern Cuisine? Is it still making inroads in the food ways of other sections of the country? Are chain restaurants affecting what people in the South call ‘Southern Food?’ Who is innovating Southern Cuisine while staying true to traditions? To find out, Walter Edgar...

All About Dandelions

By Alfred Turner

Making It Grow logoHello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow . The common name dandelion is derived from the French phrase d ent de lion – lion’s tooth, referring to the deeply serrated leaves of some species, including the one we most commonly see – Taraxacum officinale. For thousands of years, different cultures have used this plant as a nutritional food source or for medicinal purposes. It’s a strong diuretic which gives rise to the name wet-a-bed. After the seeds are set, the blossom turns into a white puff ball with wind-catching structures for dispersal called pappus...

Loquats Important to Honeybees

By Alfred Turner

Making It Grow logoHello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow . I was outside cutting magnolia to make a Christmas wreath and stopped to admire the flowers on one of my loquat trees. Loquat has a melodious scientific name, Eriobotrya japonica, and is sometimes called Japanese plum. Right now, this small, evergreen tree with handsome, gray green leaves with pubescent backs is in flower. Each branch ends with a large creamy white inflorescence. And buzzing audibly were honeybees galore working the hundreds of small individual blooms. Here is another plant which at the end of...

Timms Mill

By Sean Flynn

Timms MillClemson Extension Agent Barbara Smith from the Clemson Home and Garden Information Center takes us to Timms Mill in Pendleton, SC and introduces us to the Wortham family. Timms Mill was originally built on the banks of the Six and Twenty Creek in 1784 and was in continuous use until 1960. Dr. David and Lisa Wortham purchased the property in 2001 and began the restoration process. Today, it grinds grits and cornmeal on Wednesdays and Saturdays for local restaurants, produce stands or for those who stop by.

Camellias are Great for Pollinators

By Alfred Turner

Making It Grow logoHello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow . There is a huge push to grow native plants in an effort to help pollinators. But don’t throw out the baby with the bathwater – some of our most beloved non-natives are important food sources, too. Right now, camellias are coming into their glory. The cultivars that have single or semi-double flowers, that means they have functioning stamens and pistils, are used by European honeybees as a source of winter food – both nectar and pollen. This is the best time of year to add new plants to your garden, they have a...

Making It Grow's 25 Anniversary - Part 7

By Sean Flynn

Amanda McNulty, Dr. John Nelson, Vicky Bertagnolli, Tony MeltonDuring Making It Grow's 25th Anniversary at the Sumter Opera House, Clemson Extension Agent and Host Amanda McNulty talked with the Clemson Extension Agent Vicky Bertagnolli and Dr. John Nelson from the University of South Carolina AC Moore Herbarium.