Savannah Valley District

November To-Do-List

Laura Lee Rose, Horticulture Agent – County Coordinator   Continue with the gardening chores you didn’t finish last month. It is still an excellent time to plant woody trees and shrubs. Plant ones grown in small containers (one- or three-gallon) as they will establish as well, if not better than larger ones, at a fraction […]

This Month in Your Garden – October

Laura Lee Rose, Horticulture Agent – County Coordinator Spring blooming perennials and most woodies are best installed now. This allows the roots to grow and spread through the winter months. Spring and summer blooming perennials can be divided now: transplant or share the divisions. Do not fertilize lawns or shrubs in the fall. That can […]

Midlands Field Update

Phillip Carnley – Area Horticulture Agent “A few growers are starting to dig fresh market sweet potatoes in Orangeburg and Calhoun as the ground has dried out this week. Peanuts are still being dug. Fall squash and pumpkins are seeing downy and powdery mildew and an increase in aphids. For the first time, this season […]

4-H Poultry Show

Orangeburg County Fair October 8, 2022, was the perfect day for 24 youths from around the state to show how well they have worked with their 4-H chickens. At 9:30 am, the youth entered posters and coop decorations in the fun part of the show. By 10:00 am, the attitudes changed and became more serious […]

Fall Cover Crops

Rob Last, Horticulture Extension Agent October can be a fantastic time to establish cover crops regardless of whether you are a home gardener or a commercial grower. Cover crops have several benefits to the soil through raising the organic matter. Granted, raising organic matter can take time to achieve. The use of cover crops can […]

Vegetable Growers in South Carolina Pickling Cucumbers

Phillip Carnley, Area Horticulture Agent – Orangeburg and Calhoun Counties Vegetable growers in South Carolina are making pickling cucumbers a cash crop yet again. Many of the growers are new to commercial cucumber production. Being a “newer” crop, many growers experienced reduced crop yields and revenue due to difficulty managing pests, disease, and herbicide applications. […]

July Tips for Coastal Landscapes

Laura Lee Rose, Horticulture Agent – County Coordinator Lawn – Check rain gauges and run sprinklers as needed to keep grass healthy and green. One inch of irrigation can be added weekly without sufficient rainfall. Look for any damage from insect pests or diseases and treat it early if problems exist. Shrubs and Trees- Pruning […]

Planning A Fall Garden

Rob Last, Horticulture Agent – Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, and Hampton As we progress through the summer heat, as gardeners, we are beginning to turn our attention to growing fall vegetable crops. A common question this year, given increasing food costs, is what and how do I grow fall vegetables. Factors to Consider: Who is going […]

Downy Mildew in South Carolina

Rob Last, Horticultural Agent – Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Colleton, and Hampton Calling all cucurbit growers in South Carolina. Downy Mildew has been confirmed in South Carolina this week. For more information, please use the QR Code. Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs to people of all ages, regardless of race, color, gender, religion, […]

Around the Countryside: Eastern Tent Caterpillars Invade the County

Tent Caterpillar Nest

Marion Barnes, Senior County Extension Agent Spring has definitely arrived in the low country. Home gardeners are working in their gardens; azaleas and dogwoods have been blooming for several weeks. Tent caterpillars are making their appearance on the foliage of our trees and shrubs. The eastern tent caterpillar, Malacosoma americanum is a native pest of […]