Nature

Boxelders Are Fruiting

January 10, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Rudy Mancke
The paired winged fruits of the Boxelder Maples are typically reddish when young.

The fruit of this Maple tree "helicopter" on the wind.

Mistletoe

January 3, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
Mistletoe with berries.

Only female Mistletoe has berries.

Mystery Skull

December 31, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
The skull of an American Alligator.

Two friends find what looks like a skull, nailed to a tree on Sullivans Island...

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...

Black Throated Blue Warbler

November 15, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
A Black Throated Blue Warbler

This bird is neo-tropical and migrates through South Carolina.

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

November 9, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
An immature, male Rose-breasted Grosbeak.

A listener sees an immature, male Rose-breasted Grosbeak and is a bit confused by its colors.

Apache Jumping Spider

October 31, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
An Apache Jumping Spider (Phidippus apacheanus)

This spider doesn't build a web.

Giant Sacaton Grass

October 30, 2018 - Posted in Expeditions by Patrick McMillan
Giant Sacaton Grass

Naturalist Patrick McMillan visits the Appleton-Whittell Research Ranch in Arizona where some of the last remaining Giant Sacaton Grass is found. Expeditions with Patrick McMillan is presented nationally by South Carolina ETV through American Public Television (APT).

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...

Curbing Food Recalls

October 24, 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 South Carolina Department of Agriculture’s Consumer Protection Division has a new responsibility these days. The US Food and Drug Administration has adopted a Food Safety Modernization Act...

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