Gardening

Roses Unlimited

March 26, 2018 - Posted in Making it Grow by Sean Flynn
Roses

Clemson Extension Agent and Host of "Making It Grow" Amanda McNulty, travels to Laurens, SC and Roses Unlimited. Here, owners Pat Henry and Bill Paterson have been growing roses for over 30 years and now have over 1,200 varieties. In addition, they are always willing to...

Wasps and Hornets Don't Collect Pollen

March 24, 2018 - Posted in Making it Grow by Alfred Turner
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Credit SC Public Radio Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow . Bees and wasps and hornets are in the same family, Hymenoptera, but have certain differences. In all cases, only the females can sting, as the egg-laying ovipositor also...

Ground Nesting Bees Can't Sting

March 23, 2018 - Posted in Making it Grow by Alfred Turner
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Credit SC Public Radio Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow . The solitary, ground nesting bees that emerge as adults in the spring often cause alarm to people who don’t understand their behavior. Although there may be a hundred...

Types of Ground Nesting Bees

March 22, 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 . The small ground nesting bees fall into several categories – mining bees, orchard bees, or digger bees are among them, and all are important pollinators. They are absolutely no threat to humans...

Ground Nesting Bees Are Not a Threat

March 21, 2018 - 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 . Ground nesting bees have specific requirements for making the burrows in which they lay their eggs. They need soil that’s relatively dry and has little or no vegetation on it, you won’t find...

Underground Bees

March 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 . A student in our new master gardener training class brought a video taken on February the twelfth showing of a large number of bees flying around small holes in her yard. What we were seeing was...

Poison Ivy is a Year-Round Threat of Misery

March 6, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Tut Underwood
A three-left cluster is an easy way to spot poison ivy.

Poison ivy is a common plant in South Carolina that can make people miserable for weeks. Naturalist Rudy Mancke said the vine can both grow on the ground and can climb trees, which it likes to do. The itch and rash poison ivy (and its cousins, poison oak and the rarer...

The Dangers of Cyad Ingestion

March 3, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Amanda McNulty
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Credit SC Public Radio Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow . Cycads have been used as emergency food in many cultures. In Florida, however, Seminole Indians relied on starch made from the native cycad, Zamia floridana , as a primary...

Sago Palms Contain Neuro-Toxins

March 2, 2018 - Posted in Making it Grow by Amanda McNulty
Coontie, Zamia floridana.

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow . Cycads have been used for food in many cultures around the world. A cycad native to Florida, Zamia floridana, or coontie , was almost eliminated by the production of cycad flour; mills churned...

The Long History of Cyads

March 1, 2018 - 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 . Sago palms are actually cycads, which are grouped with gymnosperms like pine trees. They are among the oldest seed plants to evolve on our planet. Cycad fossils date back to almost 300 million...

The Ancient Cyads

February 28, 2018 - 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 . Sago palms are the most readily available cold hardy cycads that we can grow in most of South Carolina. Well-established cycads will usually survive temperatures down to 15 degrees, but their...

The Home & Garden Information Center and The Plant & Pest Diagnostic Clinic

February 27, 2018 - Posted in Making it Grow by Sean Flynn
Clemson Laboratory

On “Making It Grow”, we always make references to the wealth of information Clemson has available for the citizens of the state. For our featured segment, we take a behind the scenes tour of two of these places – The Clemson Extension Home and Garden Information Center and...

Helping Your Sago Palm Survive the Winter

February 26, 2018 - Posted in Making it Grow by Amanda McNulty
Sago Palm, Cycas revoluta.

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow . One plant that really suffered during our December ice age was the sago palm, Cycas revoluta. Sago palms represent some of the oldest living plants on earth and are not palms but cycads...

Color for Winter Containers

February 8, 2018 - Posted in Making it Grow by Sean Flynn
Primula

It may be winter, but that doesn't mean you can still have color! Daniel Gravano of Gravano Farms in Ruffin, SC has a wholesale operation providing plants to nurseries and garden centers in South Carolina. We enjoyed seeing the varieties of Ranunculus, Calibrachoa, Primula...

Storm Water Runoff a Threat to Hitchcock Woods

February 2, 2018 - 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. Each week on Making It Grow Terasa Lott gives us a water quality tip. Rain barrels and rain gardens are designed to help stop storm water runoff from properties, water that carries pollutants,...

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