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Attracting & Feeding Songbirds

A Primer in Backyard Songbird Conservation Birding has become one of the most popular pastimes in North America. Annually, millions of Americans travel thousands of miles in search of rare and...

Giant Coneflower

I love adding drama to a garden, especially choosing a plant that will stop you in your tracks with your mouth gaping open! One such plant is the giant coneflower (Rudbeckia maxima). It’s a...

Hummingbird Favorite: Salvia

Like most South Carolina nature lovers, I look forward to the return of Ruby-throated hummingbirds every spring. I enjoy seeing them in my garden, visiting flower after flower chirping along the...

Southern Peas

Southern peas, black-eyed peas and field peas are all names for the crop known worldwide as cowpeas (Vigna unguiculata ssp. unguiculata). Cowpeas probably originated in Africa and were introduced to...

Okra

Okra (Abelmoschus esculentus) is a warm-season crop grown throughout South Carolina. It is a tall, upright plant with a hibiscus-like flower that originated in Africa. The immature, young seed pods...

Sweetpotato

Planting The sweetpotato (Ipomoea batatas) is a warm-season crop that is not planted until well after the last chance of frost in the spring. The soil temperature should be above 65 °F before...

Honey Bee Pollen Timing Chart

Beginning Beekeeping Beekeeping is a fun and challenging enterprise. There is an increasing interest in beekeeping in South Carolina, in part due to the recent reports concerning honey bee losses in...

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...

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