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)

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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Chrysanthemums are popular for fall displays. The ‘Viviana Yellow’ Belgian Mum® (Chrysanthemum x morifolium Belgian Mum® ‘Viviana Yellow’) has bright yellow flowers.Featured  Publication - Gardening
Chrysanthemum – Garden mums (Chrysanthemum x morifolium) give us a burst of color in the fall when used to replace the annuals we have enjoyed since spring. Mums provide color until freezing weather arrives. ... (continue)


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South Carolina-grown apples are available from late August to November.Featured Publication - Food & Nutrition
Using & Storing Apples - South Carolina-grown apples are available from late August to November. Apples are good for you, they are a good source of fiber, a source of potassium and vitamin C, it is low calorie only 81 calories per 2½" apples.  ... (continue)

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 Revising Your Recipes for Health - How to Make Your Spaghetti Extra Nutritious! –Intake of fruit and vegetables eaten in place of other, higher calorie foods, has been shown to reduce the risk for stroke, developing heart disease, and some cancers, and plays a role in body weight. ... (continue)

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Sustainable Small Farms & Backyards Course (Online) – 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)

Food Safety Workshop for Food Entrepreneurs - The Food2Market Food Safety Workshop is for food entrepreneurs who wish to learn more about producing safe food products for sale in the marketplace. Whether you have a great idea for a product you want to sell, have just begun marketing your product or are already established in the marketplace this workshop is for you! This workshop covers a wide variety of topics related to the preparation and processing of value-added food products. ... (continue)

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Drought Status
April - November
Food Recall Alerts
September 14, 2016
Plant Pest Alerts - NEW!!! SC Crop Improvement
Association Seed List
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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. 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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