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Soil types

Making It Grow Radio Minute
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Hello, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. The side of the road flowers are making me pay more attention to soil types as I drive from St. Matthews to Sumter. In the Fort Motte area, with red clay in most fields, I don’t see bitter sneeze weed growing since it likes drier soils. But after I cross the Congaree, it begins to show up in large swaths – it’s an annual but seeds down prolifically. I’m going to collect some dried flower heads and scatter seeds around some parts of my back forty (two and half acres that is too much to handle) and hope they’ll find a happy home there. It will be a drier than normal situation ‘cause I’m putting down cardboard to try to block one large area where there’s a carpet of chamberbitter, aka gripe weed.

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Amanda McNulty is a Clemson University Extension Horticulture agent and the host of South Carolina ETV’s Making It Grow! gardening program. She studied horticulture at Clemson University as a non-traditional student. “I’m so fortunate that my early attempts at getting a degree got side tracked as I’m a lot better at getting dirty in the garden than practicing diplomacy!” McNulty also studied at South Carolina State University and earned a graduate degree in teaching there.