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)

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& Other Problems

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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. Non-residents of South Carolina can locate their local County Extension Office here.

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