Gardening

Chickasaw Plum for Wildlife

April 13, 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’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. They’re modest in size, open and twiggy...

The Pros and Cons of Black Cherry and Cherry Laurel

April 11, 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 . 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...

Tent Caterpillars and Black Cherry Trees

April 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 . 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...

Black Cherry Wood

April 4, 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 wood that comes from our native black cherry tree, Prunus serotina , is the most prized in the forestry/timber industry. The wood has the beautiful deep red color valued by furniture makers...

The Value of Black Cherry Trees

April 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 . 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...

All About Dandelions

February 2, 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 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 –...

Loquats Important to Honeybees

January 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 . 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...

Camellias are Great for Pollinators

January 16, 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 . 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,...

Poikilohydry?

December 29, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
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Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow . Fellow Extension agent Chase Smoak and I like to learn new botanical words (he already knows a lot more than me). But I had a good one for him the other day. Poikilohydry is the process that...

Malignant Mistletoe?

December 22, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
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Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow . Although our eastern American mistletoe does do harm to our urban trees and our timber industry, the fact that it can only grow on hardwoods spares our pine plantations, and its seeds must be...

Mistletoe Reproduction

December 21, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
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Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow . Our Eastern American mistletoe has the scientific name Phoradendron leucarpum. The first name comes from Greek words – phor meaning thief and dendron meaning tree – and it is parasitic -- taking...

Mistletoe in Past Cultures

December 19, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Amanda McNulty
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Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow . Parasitic plants with the common name mistletoe occur almost worldwide and in many cultures were associated with myths and pagan religious rites. The Scottish anthropologist Sir James George...

Mistletoe: a Holiday History

December 17, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Amanda McNulty
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Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow . While filming at Historic Columbia recently, I learned that it wasn’t until the 1850’s that British and American Christians began seriously decorating their homes for Christmas. Queen Victoria’s...

Washing Hands, Washing Produce Contributes to Food Safety

October 27, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
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Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow . The farm workers who harvest produce are an important part of making sure that the fruits and vegetables we enjoy are free from contamination. The new federal Food Safety Modernization Act makes...

Common Sense Rules for Safe Produce

October 26, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
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Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow . The produce safety rules portion of the Food and Drug Administrations’ new Food Safety Modernization act are based on common sense. Some of the rules cover testing water used for irrigation and...

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