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. 

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The robber bees came in like Vikings and raided the colony. They wiped it out, completely. And for the next five days, they systematically stole every drop of honey. There was nothing left. It was nature at its cruelest.

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A year after the Emmy award-winning PBS show “This Old House” chronicled the renovations of their historic houses, two Charleston families are settling into their new abodes, where they are both homeowners and stewards of history.

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Soil is the foundation of the garden. It supports plant growth by providing stability, oxygen, water, temperature modification and nutrients. In fact, improving your garden’s soil might be the single most important thing you can do to set yourself up for success.

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There’s nothing like a vine-ripened homegrown pineapple for a tasty fruit. Growing a pineapple fruit requires only a few simple tasks and a lot of patience, three years’ worth.

The dog days of summer are a sweltering time for South Carolina gardeners. As spring vegetable gardens have all but given up on production, now is the time to get started for fall garden success.