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Author: Cory Tanner

Protecting Berries from Birds

Blueberries are one of the easiest fruits to grow in the backyard garden. Provided the proper soil conditions and care, a blueberry planting can be very productive and long-lived. One of the biggest...

Homegrown Grits

South Carolinians love corn grits, but like most modern Southerners, I grew up eating store-bought instant or quick grits and never considered homegrown grits an option. Then about a decade ago I...

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...

Tromboncino Squash

Like most home vegetable gardeners, I have fought squash vine borers for years. These frustrating pests of summer squash (Cucurbita pepo) often knock out yellow squash and zucchini in my Upstate...

Muhly Grass Mealybug

Muhly grass (Muhlenbergia capillaris), sometimes known as sweetgrass, is a beautiful ornamental grass celebrated for its displays of pink, purple or white flowers in the late-summer and fall. Native...

September Week 2 Plants

Late summer is an exciting time in the landscape. Insects and animals are still active, some summer flowers are still blooming, and a taste of fall is in the air. Hardy banana (Musa sp.) S. Cory...

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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