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While there are at least three vegetable diseases called “black rot,” including a rot of pumpkins and a rot of sweet potatoes, I am the only bacterial black rot. The importance of this crucial difference will become apparent later.

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An easily grown annual native to South America, cleome (Cleome hassleriana, synonym C. pungensC. spinosa) is a favorite in Southern gardens. The delicate pink, rose, purple, white or bicolor spider-like flowers, along with the spidery seedpods, give it the common name, spider flower. It grows best in average, well-drained soils and in full sun to light shade. Somewhat drought tolerant, cleome will benefit from watering during periods of little rainfall. Many new dwarf hybrid cultivars (Cleome hybrida) have been bred for more compact growth habits and prolific blooms.

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This time of year has many gardeners frustrated. Lush squash plants that were producing copious amounts of fruit suddenly wilt and die. Closer inspection reveals a yellowish, sawdust-like material that is the smoking gun.

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Summer brings a whole new “crop” of weeds to the Southeastern coastal plain. Clearly, weeds that thrive now are tolerant of high temperatures, defined in biology as above 86 degrees. Many summer weeds also tolerate drought.

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On Lowcountry summer days, many locals retreat from the oppressive heat by staying inside cool buildings surrounded by their own comforts and electronic distractions. Others, like certified Clemson Extension Master Gardener Patty Miller, find happiness outside coated in sunscreen and potting…

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As someone who has been working with imported fire ants, Solenopsis invicta, in a research-based capacity since 2001, I have heard many home remedies sworn to control fire ants.

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Snake bites are a common and sometimes serious medical cases at our emergency animal hospitals. The best outcomes are achieved if treatment is early and aggressive, and in most cases the prognosis is good. Bites from rattlesnake species are generally more serious, and the antivenin used to t…

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Considering all the time and money invested, home gardeners can often become frustrated with the state of their yard, making it feel like an uphill battle. With a little creative thinking, you can put plants to work to help solve some of the troubling issues in the home landscape.

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The arrival of warm weather in spring brings plant disease fungi out of hibernation. It is highly unlikely that all the diseases mentioned in this article will appear in the same yard. It is possible, though, that someone will see most of these diseases one or more times in a decade.

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Every homeowner makes mistakes. The real trouble, however, starts when these blunders become habits that cost a lot of money over time. Some behaviors also create safety issues.

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Gardeners who have moved to the Lowcountry from other states have asked me how to work with the soil we have here. Two critical features of soil that gardeners need to manage are soil organic matter and drainage.

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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 …