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Canning and Preserving Tips: Why Blanch?

Why blanch vegetables before freezing? Blanching vegetables before freezing is critical to quality, but not safety. Blanching is scalding vegetables in boiling water or steam for a short time. It is...

Repeat Blooming Hydrangeas

Are you frustrated because your French or mophead (Hydrangea macrophylla) hydrangeas only bloom once? Then the Endless Summer® Hydrangea series is the answer to adding repeat blooming hydrangeas to...

Heuchera – Coral Bells

Coral bells are a wonderful addition to a partly shady landscape planting. They come in an array of foliar hues that will complement most any landscape color scheme. Coral bells (genus Heuchera) are...

Caladiums for Summer Color

Want to brighten up a shady spot in your summer annual containers? Caladiums are an excellent choice. Due to their insignificant flowers, caladiums are grown for their colorful foliage. The leaf...

May Week 4 Garden Photos

Colorful containers add interest to the summer landscape. Sun Coleus and Silver Dichondra Barbara H. Smith, ©2019 HGIC, Clemson Extension Petunias, Scaevola, Dianthus, Creeping Jenny Lysmachia...

Goodbye Moles & Voles!

What can we do about moles and voles in the home lawn and landscape? First, we need to know how to tell the difference between the two, in other words “know thy enemy!” For more information on how...

Praying Mantids

Do you have a favorite insect? One of mine is a praying mantid. All mantids are excellent hunters and get their name from their prayer-like hunting pose. They sit and wait for their meal to get...

Deutzia

Slender deutzia (Deuzia gracilis) is a fantastic, but underused deciduous shrub for the sunny to partly sunny landscape. There are several cultivars of Deutzia available, and most produce a...

May Week 1 Garden Photos

April showers bring May flowers! Tattoo™ Papaya Vinca (Catharanthus roseus 'Tattoo™ Papaya') Barbara H. Smith, ©2019 HGIC, Clemson Extension Sport of Copper Iris (Iris fulva) Barbara H. Smith, ©2019...

Square Foot Gardening

When planting a traditional garden with conventional rows, approximately 100 square feet per crop per individual are necessary to provide fresh food for a season. An additional 100 square feet per...

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