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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Applying the recommended fertilizers during the turfgrass growing season should keep the potassium levels sufficiently high to protect the lawn from cold injury.Featured  Publication - Gardening
Winterizing Lawns – By August, lawn winterizing products are fairly easy to find in the lawn and garden section of retail stores. This may lead one to think that winterizing is a common practice. There are, however, misconceptions associated with this practice that the following information should help to clarify. ... (continue)

Rooting hormone was applied to the base of this fig cutting to improve rooting success. Insert the cutting into a pre-dibbled hole in the media gently to avoid removal of the rooting powder.Seasonal Garden Tips
Hardwood Cuttings for Tree & Shrub Propagation – 
Spring and summer is when most people think about propagating garden plants, but caring for tender cuttings through the heat of summer can be challenging. Fortunately, a number of popular trees ... (continue)

E. coli 0157:H7Featured Publication - Food & Nutrition
E. coli 0157:H7 - Undercooked hamburger and roast beef, raw milk, unpasteurized apple juice and cider, contaminated water, venison, lettuce, and spinach have caused outbreaks in this country over the last 10 years.  ... (continue)

Packing safe & healthy lunches.Food Safety & Nutrition News
Packing a Safe, Healthy, & Creative Lunch – School is in full force right now and for lots of families that means some of you have already been packing lunches for over a month. If your kids insist on home packed lunches ... (continue)

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Food Safety Workshop for Food Entrepreneurs - The Food2Market Food Safety Workshop is for food entrepreneurs who wish to learn more about producing safe food products for sale in the marketplace. Whether you have a great idea for a product you want to sell, have just begun marketing your product or are already established in the marketplace, this workshop is for you! This workshop covers a wide variety of topics related to the preparation and processing of value-added food products. ... (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. You 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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