Home & Garden Information Center

The Home & Garden Information Center (HGIC) provides research-based information on landscaping, gardening, plant health, household pests, food safety & preservation, and nutrition, physical activity & health. 1-888-656-9988 (SC residents only, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, M - F)

Fact Sheets

Link to Landscape, Garden & Indoor Plants Fact SheetsLandscape, Garden
& Indoor Plants

Link to the Insects, Diseases & Other Problems Fact SheetsInsects, Diseases
& Other Problems

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Purple OnionFeatured  Publication - Gardening
Onion, Leek, Shallot, & Garlic – Onions and the related shallots, leeks and garlic all grow best during cool weather and are usually planted in the fall in South Carolina for late spring harvest. Onion plants can also be planted ... (continue)


Push spreaderSeasonal Garden Tips
Selecting a Preemergent Herbicide for Your LawnWhen and how do I apply a preemergent herbicide to my lawn? Preemergent herbicides are applied to the lawn before weed seeds germinate. The seedlings absorb the herbicide ... (continue)

PorkFeatured Publication - Food & Nutrition
Safe Handling of Pork - Fresh is Best: When buying pork, look for cuts with a relatively small amount of fat over the outside and with meat that is firm and a grayish-pink color. For best flavor and tenderness, meat should be ... (continue)

Alfalfa SproutsFood Safety & Nutrition News
The Food Safety of Sprouts – Sprouts are the immature growth that is produced from a germinated seed.  Depending on the seed type, the sprout is generally harvested 1 to 8 days after germination. At harvest the sprout will have a stem ... (continue)

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The HGIC staff of horticulture Extension agents and food safety specialists are available to answer questions via their toll-free number, 1-888-656-9988 (South Carolina residents only), between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. South Carolina residents can also email HGIC@clemson.edu for questions answered by our agents. Please include in which county you live, for us to better answer your questions. Non-residents of South Carolina can locate their local County Extension Office here.



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