Category: Planter’s Row

Gardening Articles From The Dillon County Clemson Extension Office

Benefits Of Consuming Fresh, Colorful Produce Are Immense

This summer brought a beautiful array of fresh produce to the dinner tables.  Our produce might be from our own efforts at gardening or you may have bought them at the grocery store or farmers market; whatever the case may be, the benefits of consuming fresh fruits and vegetables is immense.  

Weeds In The Garden

Weeds compete with vegetables for water, nutrients and light, making it important for them to be removed before they have matured.

Planter’s Row: Insecticidal Soaps

Insecticidal soaps are a safe, effective, and low toxicity alternative to more toxic pesticides; they have many advantages when compared to other insecticides.

Butterflies Are Beautiful Pollinators

Butterflies are beautiful pollinators seen from early spring through frost that are referred to as “jewels of the sky” or “flying flowers.”

Muscadine Grapes

Muscadine grapes are native to the Southeastern United States and have been a favorite fruit of Southerners since they were discovered by the early colonists.

Composting

The first step for growing a thriving garden with healthy plants is improving your soil.  Composting is a sustainable and cost-effective method used by gardeners to break up heavy clay soil or help sandy soil hold water and nutrients.  

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.  

Local Strawberries Are Highlight Of Springtime

One of the best things about springtime in the Carolinas is the abundant amount of strawberries we have access to.   Strawberries are the first fruit to ripen during the spring, and they produce fruit quicker than any other small fruit.

Carpenter Bees

Homeowners often mistakenly refer to carpenter bees as bumble bees because of their similarities in size and appearance.  But carpenter bees nest in excavated wooden tunnels while bumble bees nest in the ground.

Container Gardening

Raising your own fresh and nutritious vegetables this season does not always require a large plot of land in the back yard; vegetable gardening in containers is becoming a more common occurrence in our society.