Gardening

Fall is the Time to Plant Trees

September 21, 2019 - Posted in Making it Grow by Alfred Turner
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Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow . Trees are considered the lungs of the planet – the byproduct of photosynthesis is life sustaining oxygen. They store carbon in their tissues and cool our summer temperatures by transpiration...

Using Cold Hardiness Zone Information

September 18, 2019 - Posted in Making it Grow by Alfred Turner
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Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow . Fall, when it finally comes, is the best time to add new plants to your yard. The tags that are hanging off the branches of plants at your garden centers, or the information about plants offered...

The Remarkable Diversity of South Carolina's Natural Landscape

August 19, 2019 - Posted in Making it Grow by Alfred Turner
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Hello 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...

Making It Grow Extra: Historic Columbia's New On-Line Garden Database

August 8, 2019 - Posted in Making it Grow by Alfred Turner
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Clemson Extension Agent Amanda McNulty talks with the Historic Columbia’s Director of Grounds Keith Mearns about their new on-line plant database that documents all of their plant material.

Making It Grow Extra: Carolina Bays

August 5, 2019 - Posted in Making it Grow by Alfred Turner
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Dr. 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

August 3, 2019 - Posted in Making it Grow by Alfred Turner
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Hello 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...

Artichokes

July 27, 2019 - Posted in Making it Grow by Amanda McNulty
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Hello 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...

Sunflowers Are For the Birds

July 25, 2019 - Posted in Making it Grow by Alfred Turner
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Hello 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...

Making It Grow: Turning Your Yard Into a Habitat

July 17, 2019 - Posted in Making it Grow by Alfred Turner
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Clemson 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

July 6, 2019 - Posted in Making it Grow by Alfred Turner
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Hello 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...

Good News for Watermelon Growers

July 5, 2019 - Posted in Making it Grow by Alfred Turner
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Hello 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...

Watermelons and Downy Mildew

July 3, 2019 - Posted in Making it Grow by Alfred Turner
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Hello 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...

Remontant Hydrangeas

June 29, 2019 - Posted in Making it Grow by Alfred Turner
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Hello 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...

Hydrangea Blooms

June 26, 2019 - Posted in Making it Grow by Alfred Turner
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Hello 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...

Moths and Yucca

June 1, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
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Credit SC Public Radio Hello Gardeners, I'm Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow . Some hummingbird moths, so named because of their size, visit yucca flowers at night to enjoy their nectar. But the important pollinators are yucca moths. Relatively small...

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