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, 9 am - 1 pm, M - F)

Fact Sheets

Link to Landscape, Garden & Indoor Plants Fact SheetsLandscape, Garden
& Indoor Plants

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& Other Problems

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Distyliums have small reddish maroon flowers in the winter.Featured  Publication Gardening
Distyliums – Distylium hybrids are an exciting new arrival in the nursery trade. They are a Southern gardener’s dream plant because they are evergreen, compact, disease and insect resistant, and are heat and drought tolerant. Distylium hybrids will ... (continue)


A lawn topdressed with compost.Seasonal Garden Tips
Topdressing Your Lawn – 
Top dressing a lawn is the practice of placing a thin layer of material on an established lawn. The material can be soil, compost or sand. Top dressing originally was used to smooth the playing surface of a green ... (continue)

Temperature effects on food thermometer.Featured Publication - Food & Nutrition
Effects Temperature on Food -"Last night I left cooked roast beef on the counter to cool before refrigerating but fell asleep and discovered it this morning. I immediately put it in the refrigerator. Since the meat is cooked, shouldn't it be safe to eat. ... (continue)

StrawberriesFood Safety & Nutrition News
Balsamic Vinegar in Strawberry Jam, Are You Kidding?
Strawberries are in season right now in South Carolina and home canners are whipping out their jars. Now is the perfect time to review safe canning procedures and prepare for prime canning ... (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 9 am and 1 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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