Author: Debbie Shaughnessy

Poison Ivy

Eastern poison ivy (Toxicodendron radicans) is a woody, perennial vine or small shrub that can be found in fields, pastures, woodlands, farms and home landscapes. As a vine, it attaches itself to...

Forsythia

Border forsythia (Forsythia x intermedia), or golden bell, ushers in spring with its vivid golden yellow flowers and is one of the most recognized shrubs in the South. These hybrid forsythias are...

Crape Myrtle

Crape myrtle (Lagerstroemia species) is a handsome, summer-flowering, deciduous small tree or shrub. It is a favorite among Southern gardeners because of its beauty and low maintenance. It has been...

Azalea Care

Azaleas are Southern signature plants in South Carolina landscapes. Numerous azalea species, hybrids and cultivars, either native to this area or hailing from the Orient, can be grown here, with...

Summer Squash

Planting Summer squash (Cucurbita pepo) is a warm-season crop that grows best at average temperatures between 65 and 75 °F. Squash seeds do not germinate well in cold soil. In the spring, do not...

Lettuce

Lettuce (Lactuca sativa) withstands light frosts and is one of the easiest cool-season vegetables to grow. High summer temperatures usually cause seed stalk formation (bolting) and bitter flavor....

Asparagus

Asparagus (Asparagus officinalis) is a hardy perennial that is native to the Mediterranean. Once the plants are established, they will provide delicious spears every spring. Although asparagus takes...

Raised Beds

Not every landscape is suitable for in-ground gardens. If this is the case, raised beds are an option. For less than ideal garden locations, raised beds provide a tremendous amount of flexibility....

Cover Crops

A cover crop is a crop specifically planted to: protect the soil from erosion suppress weeds maintain soil moisture increase organic matter in the soil recycle soil nutrients Cover crops or “green...

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