Clemson Extension School and Community Garden Program

Trying something new in the garden and the kitchen this summer


I usually grow the same staple vegetables in my garden year after year.  Tomatoes.  Cucumbers.  Zucchini.  Peppers.  Don’t get me wrong – I love growing them, and they are delicious!  But this year, I decided to mix things up a bit and grow some less traditional vegetables – fennel and pineapple tomatillo. I started my […]

Fragrant Lavender Perfect for Family Herb Garden

Lavender growing in a raised bed

Lavender (Lavandula sp.) is a beautiful perennial herb grown for its purple flowers, calming scent, and medicinal qualities. It is a perennial herb that develops woody branches and grows up to 3 feet tall over the years. The bright purple flowers bloom on the end of spikes and release a lovely fragrance. Not all lavender […]

It’s Thyme to Grow An Herb Garden

Thyme is a low-growing, perennial herb from the Mediterranean with small, oval leaves that produce a strong aroma when crushed.  Thyme features clusters of lilac flowers that attract bees and butterflies. While used for cooking primarily, it also works well as an edging or groundcover because of its low height, mounding nature, and attractive flowers. […]

Don’t “Dill-Ay” – Plant an Herb Garden

Dill (Anethum graveolens)  is a feathery herb great for cooking and attracting pollinating insects. It tops out at around 3 feet tall with yellow umbel shaped flowers. Swallowtail butterflies use dill and other members of the carrot family (Apiaceae) to feed their young.  So if you are trying to attract more butterflies to your landscape, […]

It’s Grow An Herb Garden Week!

Herbs make useful and versatile additions to any garden. Culinary herbs such as mint, rosemary, and thyme are perfect for snipping into recipes and are easy to grow, thriving in patio pots and kitchen gardens.  Fragrant foliage and flowers are useful in creating herbal teas and adding fragrance to potpourri, lotion, and soap.  Many herbs […]

Family-Friendly Seed Starting

vegetable garden

Planting flowers, vegetables, and herbs from seeds is an excellent family-friendly activity. There are so many lessons to be found in the simple act of starting seeds. If you plan on growing a large garden or you prefer a wider variety than found at the garden center, starting a garden from seed can be more […]