Category: In the Garden

Mistletoe

Mistletoe is often found hanging in American homes as a traditional decoration during the holiday season. Once believed to have magical powers, as well as medicinal properties, the custom in which...

Holiday Cactus

The holidays are often associated with particular plants such as Poinsettias, Cyclamen, and paperwhites, but my favorite group of plants is the holiday cacti. About 15 years ago, I purchased what I...

Weed of the Month – Common Cats-ear

Common cats-ear (Hypochaeris radicata) is a perennial weed. Its name comes from the dense hairs that cover the leaves. It looks very similar to dandelions, but its leaves are not as deeply notched....

Caring For A Live Christmas Tree

Here are some tips for keeping your Christmas tree healthy over the holidays. Watering is critical. A freshly cut tree can consume a gallon of water in 24 hours! If you purchase a pre-cut tree, saw...

What to do with all the leaves?

Each autumn, a precious and free resource for gardeners falls from the sky. Many folks choose to bag this excellent source of nutrients and have them hauled away. Leaves are an invaluable source of...

Cool-Season Vegetable Garden Pests

Monitor cool-season crops for pests, such as aphids and various caterpillar species (cabbage loopers, cross-striped cabbageworm, and diamondback moth caterpillars). Properly identifying these pests...

SC Native Plant Certificate Program

The study of native plants, the ecosystems of South Carolina, and sustainable landscaping practices form the focus of the South Carolina Native Plant Certificate Program. A partnership between the...

The Legend of the Woolly Worm

Have you ever heard the tale that woolly “worms” predict the weather for the upcoming winter? Whether you believe it is fact or a tall tale, learn how to tell if our winter will be mild or cold by...

Weed of the Month: Bahiagrass

Bahiagrass (Paspalum notatum) is commonly referred to as highway grass. It’s a tough, drought tolerant, perennial grass that survives in soils with low fertility. Due to its very coarse and open...

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