Making It Grow

Mon-Sat, throughout the day

Amanda McNulty of Clemson University’s Extension Service and host of ETV’s six-time Emmy Award-winning show, Making It Grow, offers gardening tips and techniques.

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. I thought we’d start to “new semester” by talking about some nuisance wildlife animals for gardeners. The newest is the nine-banded armadillo which originally crossed the Rio Grande in to Texas and has now crossed the Mississippi and every other river that stood between it and South Carolina. At first, biologists believed its range would be severely limited by cold temperatures, but these these mammals are first class diggers and burrow deeply into the soil when temperatures are extreme.

How long does a plant have to grow in South Carolina before you can call it "native"?

Cedars of Lebanon

Dec 19, 2014

Cedars of Lebanon

Conifers for Winter decorations: Japanese False Cypress trees.

Plant evergreens now for next year's decorations.

Hello Gardeners, I'm Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow! At this time of the year, people in the Appalachian Mountains once roamed through open forests collecting a veritable feast from the forest floor - chestnuts. Thirty years ago, an older gentleman in St. Matthews, Mr. Cochrane, told me stories about running through the West Virginia mountains filling sacks with these nuts and selling them to help support his family. The timber was rot resistant and beautiful, making the chestnut tree one of the most valuable of our natural resources.

Hello Gardeners, I'm Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow! At the Sustainable Midlands' Holiday Celebration, I went home with a special treat from Michael Peterson of the Eastover Nut Farm - a bag of chestnuts harvested from his grove. Michael grows the Dunstan chestnut tree, a hybrid between our fungal-challenged native chestnut and the disease-resistant Chinese variety. Despite competition from squirrels and Carolina Dogs, Michael was able to harvest over 500 pounds of nuts this year.

Hello Gardeners, I'm Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow! I read the Etiquette book sometimes to see what the old additions listed as "necessary items for the well appointed home," and I've got a new and maybe unexpected addition - knee high lady's stockings. Ever since that Imported Japanese Ladybug Beetle got established in this country, winter brings home invasions of these critters who are looking for a warm, safe place to hang out. Sweeping them is a big mistake-- when disturbed they leave a odorous and staining residue.

Everybody Loves Pecans--including a number of pests and diseases.

The benefits of cover cropping.

Tips on minimizing the impact of "fairy rings" on your lawn.

The cause of "fairy rings" on lawns.

Amanda McNulty tells us what's happening tonight on Making It Grow! on South Carolina ETV.

The USDA's Plant Hardiness Zone Map and the American Horticulture Society's Plant Heat Zone Map will help you make the best choice of plants for your garden.

  Hickory Trees in the Fall