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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Spring dead spot generally appears in the spring in bermudagrass lawns as bleached-out spots in the lawn that are 6 inches to several feet in diameter.Featured  Publication - Gardening
Spring Dead Spot – Spring dead spot is a fungal disease of bermudagrass lawns and is a result of infection by one or more species Ophiosphaerella. These soil-dwelling fungi damage the roots, rhizomes, and stolons ... (continue)

White-tailed deer in pasture.Seasonal Garden Tips
Deer Resistant Plants for the Landscape – White-tailed deer cause damage to landscape plants as well as edible crops. What they eat and how much they eat varies depending on their age, gender, and the season of the year. Deer do not have upper ... (continue)

BotulismFeatured Publication - Food & Nutrition
Botulism - Botulism is a food poisoning caused by a toxin produced by the bacteria, Clostridium botulinum. C. botulinum and its spores are everywhere. It is prevalent in soil and water worldwide. The bacteria and spores ... (continue)

Freshly harvested produce.Food Safety & Nutrition News
Fresh Produce, Keep it Safe – Spring has arrived and with it the start of South Carolina’s fresh produce season. No need to cook with frozen, broccoli and strawberries, will soon be perfect. Cooking and eating freshly harvested foods ... (continue)

Upcoming EventsUpcoming Events
Sustainable Small Farms & Backyards Course planned for Greenville, SC -
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)

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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