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

Link to the Insects, Diseases & Other Problems Fact SheetsInsects, Diseases
& Other Problems

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Physical Activity & Health

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Testing Drinking WaterFeatured  Publication
Testing Drinking Water
– Water testing and treatment are expensive and inconvenient, but are necessary to ensure residents have access to a safe and reliable source of water. The cost associated with testing and treatment ... (continue)


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The planning stages for vegetable seed saving should start in the spring. Since this may be an after thought, ask yourself these questions before saving seed from your garden this year. ... (continue)

Pickled CucumbersFeatured Publication - Food & Nutrition
Pickled Cucumbers - Pickled cucumbers are one of the most popular home canned foods in South Carolina. There are lots of methods to make great pickled cucumbers but using research based information is critical to safety.  ... (continue)

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Potatoes: Yes, They are Healthy! – 
Recent information regarding potatoes has resulted in confusion about what is healthy and what is not.  Potato is a starchy vegetable and is one of the leading staple food crops of the world.  ... (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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