• By Guinn Wallover Special to The Post and Courier
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The average American family uses more than 30 percent of its water on irrigation. Across the United States, that means 7 billion gallons of water are used per day to water our lawns and gardens. Unfortunately, poor irrigation practices mean that more than 50 percent of that water is lost to …

  • By Anthony Keinath
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When I was a new graduate student, my advisory committee insisted that I enroll in an introductory soil science course. Although I wasn’t particularly excited about this requirement, as a gardener, this class became one of the most useful college classes I’ve taken.

  • By Barbara H. Smith Special to The Post and Courier
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Melampodium or butter daisy is a reliable, low-maintenance summer annual. This member of the aster family originated in the tropical regions of Central and South America.

  • By Anthony Keinath
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Elizabeth Lawrence wrote, “In my garden, a month seldom goes by without bloom from some member of the amaryllis family.” ("A Southern Garden," University of North Carolina Press, 1942).

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As spring nears, the most visible reminder of the rare, multiday deep freeze and snow in South Carolina in early January is the scorched brown fronds of sago palms, a native of southern Japan and not fond of prolonged freezes.

  • By Tony Bertauski
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There is such a thing as too much fun. If you don’t believe me, you’re still young. I recently ate a fairly large basket of Tater Tots. I was satisfied for about an hour. And then I was not.

  • By Anthony Keinath
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My mother lives on the family farm in the Midwest. After she didn’t keep a farm dog or cats any longer, the population of raccoons, opossums, skunks and woodchucks exploded.