Nature

Demanding Chicken

3 hours ago

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. Fontella Bass, our half-tamed chicken who sleeps in the dining room in a dog crate for safety is remarkably and somewhat irritatingly demanding. She makes a racket in the morning when she hears me come downstairs until I take her out on the back porch, open the crate door, and put food out for her. In the summer, she kept me from sleeping late as I could hear her clucking and I felt guilty about making her stay in her crate after the sun was up.

One Bossy Chicken

Dec 6, 2019

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. I talked earlier about our much missed neighbors who had live-wire boys, the world’s best dog, and short-lived chickens with one exception, Fontella Bass who had been rescued from the jaws of death on numerous occasions, she’s named for the woman who recorded the song Rescue Me.   When her former owners moved, they decided to leave her in her by-then completely free-range state.

Happy Arbor Day

Dec 6, 2019
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Happy Arbor Day - a good day to plant a tree!

A Great Pet

Dec 5, 2019

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. Our pet hen, Chickie Wimberly, was quite the enforcer. We had a half lab half bassett hound dog, Sally, take up with us who was a pain about getting under foot when we sat on the front porch; often to steal and hors d’oeuvre or, once, a piece of fried chicken out of daughter Lill’s hand. But Chickie Wimberly occasionally came through on patrol and she ran Sally off like nobody’s business.

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A teacher shares how he uses NatureNotes in his classroom.

Pet Chicken

Dec 4, 2019

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. We had a pet chicken years ago, first named Poinsett Cucumber as my son brought her home from school  in a box with that name on it. His teacher had incubated eggs and as she was a cousin, she felt like she could send a biddy home without asking! The hen-to-be,  renamed Chickie Wimberly, went everywhere with us. A note here – one small chicken does not make much mess.

Great Blue Heron

Dec 4, 2019
Great Blue Heron
Alan D. Wilson, www.naturespicsonline.com, via Wikimedia Commons

A listener spies a Great Blue Heron in Greenville.

Lucky Hen

Dec 3, 2019

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. My neighbors for several years were a constant source of new experiences. A visit to Tractor Supply ended up with a movable chicken coop added to the trampolines, zip lines, and fire pit that kept adults and children entertained. We often baby sat for the world’s most perfect dog, Clovis (don’t tell them but we let him sleep in the bed) and checked on the chickens, too, who free-ranged during the day.

Puffball-in-aspic or Gelatinous stalked-puffball.
Zen Sutherland [CC BY-NC-SA 2.0] via Flickr

Calostoma cinnabarinum is a species of gasteroid fungus in the family Sclerodermataceae, and is the type species of the genus Calostoma. It is known by several common names, including stalked puffball-in-aspic and gelatinous stalked-puffball.

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. First, they had two young boys who ran around barefooted most of the year and were interested in everything that was going on in their yard or ours, the grosser and gorier the better. Their parents grilled a great steak and mixed a mean Bloody Mary and had gizmos galore – one blows up a lawn mower tire and another steams delicious South Carolina oysters. But the icing on the cake was the animals.

Limpkin

Dec 2, 2019
A Limpkin
Steve Garvie [CC BY-NC-SA 2.0] via Flickr

The limpkin (Aramus guarauna), also called carrao, courlan, and crying bird, is the only extant species in the genus Aramus and the family Aramidae. It is found mostly in wetlands in warm parts of the Americas, from Florida to northern Argentina. It feeds on molluscs, with the diet dominated by apple snails of the genus Pomacea. Its name derives from its seeming limp when it walks.

Dogwood Cultivars

Nov 30, 2019

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. A cultivar is a named variety of a particular plant that was selected or breed and vegetatively propagated to have special characteristics, so all the plants with that name are exactly the same. It used to be that people often planted seedling dogwoods in their yards.

A Naturewalk in Cayce

Nov 29, 2019
NatureNotes
SC Public Radio

Rudy recounts the joys of a nature walk in Cayce, SC.

Varieties of Dogwood

Nov 29, 2019

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. This is the best time of year to add new plants to your yard, make it a family affair to give a gift to nature over the holidays. Our native dogwoods, Cornus florida, have suffered from years of higher temperatures and lower rainfall as well as disease pressure.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 28, 2019
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Happy Thanksgiving, y'all!

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