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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Brown eyed Susan (Rudbeckia maxima)  is species native to  the southern United States.Featured  Publication - Gardening
Rudbeckia Rudbeckia are perennial flowering plants that are hardy in Zones 4–9. Like many plants, they have several common names, among which are: Black-eyed Susan, Gloriosa Daisy, and Yellow Ox Eye. They are members of the Asteraceae family and are native to both damp woodlands ... (continue)


The one-year old arborvitae trees were not irrigated and are dying from the 2016 summer drought.Seasonal Garden Tips
Assisting Established Trees During The Hot Summer Months – Water is the single most important ingredient for all living things, including trees in a landscape setting. Trees require water for photosynthesis, to deliver nutrients, to keep them upright, and for many other important functions. ... (continue)

Apple and WalnutsFeatured Publication - Food & Nutrition
Nutrient Density -Why is an apple a better choice than a bag of pretzels? They have roughly the same number of calories, but nutrients count, too. The apple provides fiber, vitamin C and potassium for an equal number of calories. ... (continue)

Korean Kimchi as served in Korea.Food Safety & Nutrition News
Fermentation: Preserving Tradition & Nutrition – As one of the oldest forms of food preservation and preparation, fermentation has been around throughout recorded human history. Still, many consider the process somewhat of a mystery. While most associate alcohol with fermentation, many are unaware ... (continue)

Upcoming EventsUpcoming Events
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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