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)

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a thermometerFood Thermometers: A Key to Food Safety Food thermometers aren’t just for your holiday roasts—they’re for all cuts and sizes of meat and poultry, including hamburgers, chicken breasts and pork chops. Using a food thermometer when cooking meat, poultry, and even egg dishes is the only reliable way to make sure you are preparing a safe meal, and also helps to retain flavor and to avoid overcooking foods. (continue)

Pecans (Carya illinoensis) were first planted in S.C. by the colonists in the late 1600s.FAQ About Pecan Production in the Home Garden Many believe that pecans are native to South Carolina; however, the reality is they are not. Pecans are native to North America, and their natural range includes several states such as Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and parts of Wisconsin. (continue)

Examples of gluten-free labeled productsGluten Labeling In recent years gluten has taken a big fall in the food and nutrient world. Some of the reasons for the gluten aversion include: celiac disease, gluten intolerance and weight control. (continue)

shrub prunningThe Art and Science of Pruning Pruning trees and shrubs is an art and a science. From an artistic perspective, a discerning eye is needed to evaluate a plant, then determine what (if anything) must be done to achieve the desired appearance. From a scientific perspective, knowing the when, where, and how of pruning a plant is equally, if not more, important. (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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