So, What’s A Succulent?

So, What’s A Succulent?

The word succulent comes from the Latin word sucus, meaning juice or sap. By definition, succulents are plants with leaves, stems or roots that are thickened, fleshy, and engorged, usually to retain water in dry soil conditions. Water-storing… what a fantastic...
Doctor, Doctor….my plant is sick!

Doctor, Doctor….my plant is sick!

Common summertime plant problems in the Midlands of South Carolina Ok, so you’ve planted beautiful shrubs, trees, vegetables, annuals, and perennials…. and most are looking great!  Of course, there are always going to be a few exceptions, those plants that just might...
HELLO HUMMINGBIRDS!

HELLO HUMMINGBIRDS!

If you haven’t seen them already, it’s definitely time for hummingbirds to appear in South Carolina.  Thousands migrate north from Florida, Mexico, Texas, and South America, some tracking as far as Ontario.  According to Clemson University, mid-March was the arrival...
Herb Gardening

Herb Gardening

Plants used for the medicinal, savory, or aromatic quality of their roots, leaves, green stems and flowers are considered to be herbs. Practically every culture around the world has a history of some type of herb use. Chinese herb books date from about 2700 B.C. and...
Vegetable Gardening

Vegetable Gardening

We are all about “locally grown” these days in order to get the freshest, best tasting, “good for us” vegetables. And… you CAN’T get much more local than your own back yard!

It’s All About The Soil

It’s All About The Soil

Soil is often referred to as the “foundation of life.” The foundation must be strong and healthy before great things can be developed. Here in the Midlands, most existing soils are comprised of clay or sand and it’s a safe bet that amendments are needed for a healthy, flourishing lawn, landscape, or garden.

Pruning Crape Myrtles

Pruning Crape Myrtles

Call the Police! A MURDER has been committed…CRAPE MURDER, that is! You’ve seen them around town, with the huge knots and multiple shoots becoming a mass on each branch. Don’t let your beautiful Crape Myrtle be a victim of this pruning crime. The...
Pruning Roses

Pruning Roses

Roses bring amazing color to your landscape from early summer to frost. Whether you enjoy cutting the long stemmed blooms of the Hybrid Tea roses, the bursting mass of color from Floribunda, Grandiflora, and Knock Out roses, or their multitudes of fragrances, the...
Growing Citrus in South Carolina

Growing Citrus in South Carolina

Is there anything better than fresh lemon or lime in a Margarita or a tall glass of Iced Tea? Well, there is… if you harvested that lemon or lime from your own tree! Yes, you can do it here in the south, with just a little TLC. Because of frost and freezing...
Derrick Gunter’s Heirloom Tomatoes

Derrick Gunter’s Heirloom Tomatoes

Derrick Gunter & Radiator Charlie Knew A Good Thing When They Saw It By Tom Poland Robert Clark and I were on the road running down a story, a story about land, a farmhouse, and tomatoes, a story of war, old ways, and survivors of sorts. On a hot, humid July...
A Taste of the Tropics with Houseplants

A Taste of the Tropics with Houseplants

Bring the bright and sunny feeling of a tropical vacation to your home with the addition of a few new houseplants. A perfect home décor addition, houseplants not only enhance ambiance, they also cleanse and freshen air. Studies have also shown that the presence of houseplants in your home and office can elevate your mood, reduce stress and anxiety, and improve focus and performance. Houseplants are able to enrich your life in so many ways, however, we suggest that you take a few things into consideration when making your selection to ensure that your tropical treasure will not only survive but thrive.

What’s wrong with my plant?

What’s wrong with my plant?

It’s a common question we get this time of year! In fact, a customer sent us this picture. Here are some things you can do to troubleshoot the problem:  1. Pull the mulch back about 4″ away from the trunk of the plants, and make sure it is not more than 3″...