Category: The Home Gardener

Looking for gardening tips and information? Various gardening experts offer advice. This also includes The Garden Spot columns by Callen Outen, former Horticulturist for Clemson Extension.

Tomato Troubles

Extreme heat, drought, torrential rains, and hungry critters may be wreaking havoc on your garden.

Planting A Winter Cover Crop

Get your garden to work over winter by planting a cover crop this fall. Covering the soil with plants that are turned into the soil or smothered and allowed to decompose in spring provides many benefits.

Preventing and Managing Powdery Mildew in the Garden

Don’t panic when you find a powdery white substance covering the leaves of some of your flowers, vegetables, and shrubs. This is a good clue that your plants are infected with the fungal disease, powdery mildew.

Carrots: A Healthy Snack You Can Grow

Nutritious and flavorful carrots make the perfect snack and addition to salads, stir-fries, soups, and stews.

Summer Bouquets From The Garden

Make every day and summer gatherings special with the help of garden-fresh flower arrangements.

Plan And Plant A Hummingbird Garden

Whether you are making some late additions to your gardens or planning for the future include some hummingbird-favorite plants. Select plants and create combinations to attract and support them with a season-long supply of nectar.

Managing Insects And Diseases In The Garden

A bit of prevention goes a long way in minimizing insect and disease problems in the garden. Enlist a holistic approach known as Plant Health Care to manage your ornamental and edible gardens.

Managing the Heat of Hot Peppers

Don’t worry if the rest of your family does not appreciate the spicy heat your favorite hot peppers add to entrees, beverages and desserts. Proper pepper selection, care and preparation can help you turn down the heat as needed.


Bold color, tropical beauty, and easy-care mandevillas make excellent additions to patios, decks, and gardens. Train them onto a trellis, allow them to cascade from a hanging basket, or combine them with other plants. Enjoy summer-long blossoms and the butterflies, hummingbirds, and other pollinators that stop by for a visit.

Grow Tasty and Nutritious Leafy Greens Indoors

Boost the flavor and nutritional value of winter meals by growing a container of greens indoors. Plant, tend and harvest greens for garden-fresh flavor now and throughout the year.