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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& Indoor Plants

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Chastetree (Vitex agnus-castus) attracts many pollinating insects, such as an Eastern carpenter bee.Featured  Publication - Gardening
Chastetree – Chastetree (Vitex agnus-castus) is a deciduous (loses its leaves in the fall), multi-trunked shrub or small tree that is native to southern Europe and western Asia. It is an excellent ... (continue)


This lawn has a poor slope to allow for runoff and poor soil porosity. The result is inadequate soil drainage and unhealthy turfgrass.Seasonal Garden Tips
Turfgrass Drainage – Water is essential for all plant material to thrive, including turfgrass. However, too much water can have a negative effect on plant growth that causes thin areas in lawns or possibly loss ... (continue)

Freezing prepared foodsFeatured Publication - Food & Nutrition
Freezing Prepared Foods - Preparing food ahead of time and freezing it can save time, add variety to your menu, offer quick meals for unexpected company and provide nutritious choices for busy days. When you are preparing ... (continue)

Some common areas in the body where free fatty acid store under lipotoxic conditions.Food Safety & Nutrition News
Lipotoxicity – Lipotoxicity is a rarely used term for a very common condition-one that affects more than 25% of the population. It is a type of metabolic syndrome (a combination of high blood pressure, high cholesterol and other lipids, insulin resistance and possibly obesity) ... (continue)

Upcoming EventsUpcoming Events
Master Gardener Training Course 2018: Anderson/Oconee/Pickens Counties - OPEN REGISTRATION - The class will meet each Monday, January 22 through May 14, 2018, from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM in the main conference room of the SC Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Office. ... (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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