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Pepper

Planting Peppers (Capsicum annuum) are warm-season plants that grow best at temperatures of 70 to 85 °F during the day and 60 to 70 °F during the night. Peppers generally require a long growing...

Spinach

Spinach (Spinacia oleracea) is a hardy, cool-season crop that can be planted in early spring or fall throughout South Carolina. It can survive temperatures of 20 °F without injury, making it an...

Harvesting Vegetables

A major reason for growing vegetables at home is to produce crops of a higher eating quality than may be otherwise available. For shipping and storage reasons, many commercially-grown vegetables are...

July Week 1 Garden Photos

Common vegetable insect pests, diseases, and disorders that affect South Carolina gardens. Tomato Fruitworm Damage Zachary Boone Snipes, ©2015 Clemson Extension Bacterial Leaf Spot on Tomato Zachary...

Reducing Herbicide Damage in the Landscape

Each year, homeowners and gardeners turn to herbicides to combat weeds in their lawns and gardens. Occasionally, herbicides may cause unintended damage to plants in the landscape. This can occur...

Natural Enemies: Predators and Parasitoids

Though most people cringe at the sight of an insect, there are countless species of beneficial insects. One such group of insects is referred to as natural enemies. These are insects that prey upon...

Gnats

Gnats are among the most aggravating insects that plague certain regions of South Carolina each spring and summer. The first killing frost in the fall is always a welcome relief for those that enjoy...

Beneficial Garden Insects

There are many different types of insects that are observed in the garden each spring and summer. While some cause damage and often need to be controlled, many others are beneficial to have around....

Native Pollinators

Around 40% of the flowering plants in North America require insect pollination for reproduction, though at the mention of the word “pollinator”, most people probably picture the European honey bee...

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