Planter’s Row: Edible Gardens Are Beneficial

Edible gardens consist of fruits, herbs or vegetables.  We have been blessed in South Carolina with an abundance of full sun and beautiful summers to aid in having a bountiful harvest.  
Creating an edible garden is not only fun, but it is also very beneficial.  Gardening outdoors is a wonderful, healthy hobby that keeps you exercising, restores essential Vitamin D and leaves you reaping the benefits for years to come.  Fresh, home-grown food is delicious and packed with vitamins, nutrients, and an authentic taste that cannot be found on store shelves.  
Sometimes it may seem like it would be too much work or maybe cost too much money to create your own garden.  
You may even be hindered by the thought, “I have no idea where to start.”  However, your local Clemson Extension Service is dedicated to providing the information you desire for gardening.  The Extension Service in Dillon County has many free publications available to help you achieve a thriving, edible garden to showcase and share with your community.  
Your local Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service is located in the Gibson Building at 200 South 5th Avenue, Dillon, SC.  The office hours are 8:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M. Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays; on Mondays and Wednesdays the office is open from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.   Our phone number at the Dillon Extension Office is 843-774-8218.  Information is also available through our Home and Garden Information Center which can be accessed online at www.clemson.edu/ hgic or reached by dialing 1-888-656-9988.

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