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Eggplant is far easier to grow and more productive than its more popular relatives, tomato or bell pepper. Eggplant (Solanum melongena) and tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) are like siblings, because they are two species in the same genus, Solanum. Eggplant and pepper (Capsicum annuum) are firs…

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The unusual snow that fell a year ago put a classic Lowcountry plant in the spotlight. Sago palms (Cycas revoluta) seemed to be on many gardeners’ (and dog owners’) minds.

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My wife and I are having a Charlie Brown Christmas this year. We scaled back the decorations and decided to buy the saddest, most neglected Christmas tree on the lot. We didn’t make it out of our driveway. We found one in our front yard.

The 2018 gardening year began with an unwelcome surprise: 5.3 inches of snow on Jan. 3, preceded by ice and followed by several days of below-freezing temperatures. As a glass-half-empty-type of gardener, I assumed the worst.

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Many neighborhoods in the Charleston area seem to have at least one signature Halloween house, where the truly dedicated families spend days setting up funky, spooky and downright frightening scenes to greet trick-or-treaters and their parents on Halloween night. 

Jose had come to the United States from Mexico with his dad to find work, which they did in the fields on Johns Island. In spite of their tenuous condition, when they saw Nigel, a 3- or 4-month-old stray Lab-shepherd mix wandering on Maybank Highway, they did not turn away.