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Luxury home sales have surged in the Charleston region in recent months, mirroring a national trend that has seen high-end parts of the housing market unhampered, and even accelerated, by the coronavirus pandemic. 

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The largest organism in the world lives in Oregon and covers just under four square miles. That’s about 1,900 football fields. This prize goes to Armillaria solidipes, otherwise known as the honey fungus.

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Trees provide many benefits, both environmentally and aesthetically. But there is no denying that they also can be a potential hazard. Because of this, know the species and health of each tree, before and after planting.

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This fall is the perfect time to breathe fresh air into your home with goods by the Lowcountry's local makers and businesses.

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For years, our yard has been short on edible plants. We remedied that this summer. There is nothing better than growing fresh produce in the backyard.

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Whether the standard annual hibiscus or the lesser known varieties, these plants are elegant and special in many ways. Though the flowers of most do not last more than a day, they tend to keep producing these flowers throughout the season, making them a sight to behold in the home landscape.

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How people grow vegetables has changed. Raised bed gardens with potting mix are now common, along with traditional in-ground gardens with native, natural soil. With both types of gardens, planning the sequence of crops between spring and fall and from one year to the next is an important step in preserving productive soil, soil (almost) free from pathogens.

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And now we have the COVID-19 pandemic, which is prompting designers and architects to think hard about the built environment and how we can navigate it safely. It’s unclear whether the coronavirus crisis indicates a new reality, one defined in part by more stringent health safety protocols.

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When it comes to gardening, water is one of the most important aspects. Not enough water for plants can lead to desiccation, and too much water can cause root systems to rot and disease to spread.

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As a rule of thumb, honey is generally left alone the first year so the bees have plenty for the winter. But after consulting a few mentors, we decided to make some room in the hive while leaving plenty of honey for the colony.

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One of the added joys of gardening is finding ruby-throated hummingbirds visiting flowers from spring to fall. These perky birds have universal appeal as they zip around, hover while feeding and show off their metallic green and magenta-red feathers.

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Though there are challenges associated with roses, the beauty and grace they add to any landscape is undeniable. Roses have long been considered the "Queen of Flowers," representing a myriad of things from beauty to peace.


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