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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Smilax rotundifolia (called the bullbrier or roundleaf greenbrier) is one of three very common greenbriers in SC. Here it is sprawling over Chinese privet along a creek. Leaves are large, shiny, rounded, and solid green.Featured  Publication - Gardening
Smilax (Greenbrier) – Smilax species (greenbriers) are difficult to control weedy vines that will entangle through ornamental landscape shrubs. These vines are native to North America. In South Carolina there are ten common ... (continue)


A mole is 4-7 inches in length with paddle-shaped feet and prominent digging claws.Seasonal Garden Tips
Moles or Voles... Who's to Blame – Do you know the difference between a mole and a vole? It’s important to know before you start blaming one of them for damage to your landscape. One way to distinguish the difference is by the diet ... (continue)

Breakfast CerealFeatured Publication - Food & Nutrition
Choosing Breakfast Cereals - Ready-to-eat cereal is one of the most popular breakfast choices in the United States. According to PBS Kids, every year Americans eat enough cereal to stretch a chain of the empty boxes to the moon ... (continue)

Burgers with sliced mushrooms mixed with the beef in and served atop the patties.Food Safety & Nutrition News
Cold Case: Revealing Immune-Boosting Foods – With the flu bearing down on South Carolina, we are all looking for ways to ward off this miserable illness. Flu shots, washing hands, downing vitamins, drinking lots of water, regular exercise ... (continue)

Upcoming EventsUpcoming Events
Sustainable Small Farms & Backyards Course planned for Greenville, SC -
Are you interested in learning the basics of how to have a small farm in your own back yard? If so, come join us for a 6-week course geared toward teaching people with very small farms (under 10 acres) the basics on how to care for livestock and honeybees and how to grow your own fruits and vegetables. We will even discuss guidelines required for selling your products to consumers. (continue)

Better Process Control School (BPCS) - The Better Process Control School is a 2-4 day school designed for manufacturers of shelf stable, acidified and low acid foods.
When: July 25-28, 2017 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Where: Greenville County Extension Office 301 University Ridge Suite 400 Greenville, South Carolina 29601
Price: $600 for Acidified Foods (Tuesday & Wednesday) $950 for Low Acid Canned Foods (Tuesday-Friday)... (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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