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Clemson Extension redesigns website for mobile users

CLEMSON - Fourteen-and-a-half years is a long time to spend surfing a website that doesn't have photos of babies or videos of cats acting obnoxiously cute. But that's the total time home gardeners spent on Clemson Extension's Home and Garden … more

Where the wild things live

When I stepped out of the truck it was dark, and I stood there for a few moments to let my eyes adjust to the woods around me. I quickly realized that I could see good enough to walk the old logging road without using a flashlight. Whippoorwills … more

Gone fishing

It was a perfect cast. The little top water plug plopped down six inches from the dead snag. I waited until the ripples were about gone and just wiggled the plug. The water boiled, the plug disappeared, and I snatched - out of reflex. The plug … more

Many schools keep gardening efforts going all summer

The school year runs just the opposite of the growing season, making it difficult for educators to teach kids how to garden. But many school systems enlist volunteers to prep garden beds while students are on summer break, making the crops ready to … more

Volunteers needed to take Summer Turkey Survey

Annually since 1982, the S.C. Department of Natural Resources conducts a Summer Turkey Survey to estimate reproduction and recruitment of wild turkeys in South Carolina. The survey involves agency … more

Expert warns S.C. melon growers to beware of mildew

CHARLESTON - Powdery mildew has been detected on South Carolina watermelons, and Clemson University specialist Anthony "Tony" Keinath warns growers to act now to protect their crops. Powdery mildew produces yellow spots on the tops of the leaves … more

2018 public gator hunting lottery to close June 15

If you haven't already applied, there are only a few days left to enter the 2018 Public and Wildlife Management Area Alligator Hunting season lottery drawing. A $10 nonrefundable application fee is required to apply for the Public Lands Hunt, and … more

Carolinas' waterways get $1.2M boost

CHARLOTTE - Sixteen organizations spanning 46 counties in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia will receive more than $1.2 million in new grants from Duke Energy's Water Resources Fund to support environmental and wildlife programs. The … more

Jigger fishing for big bass

The Santee Cooper Lakes have changed over the years, and just like any other body of water, there's a constant struggle between land, water and cover. Water levels and conditions have varied due to drought, invasive weeds, the need to produce … more

New limits for red drum will address overfishing

Red drum, redfish, spottail, channel bass - South Carolina's most popular saltwater gamefish goes by many names and plays a key role in the coastal economy and ecosystems. In recent years, state biologists have documented a declining trend in the … more

Exploring the mountain

From the highway, I could see the pine-covered top in the distance. Then, from the gate to the clubhouse, it was uphill for nine-tenths of a mile. The narrow dirt lane crossed a series of terraces built into the wooded slope. A large, overgrown … more

Set priorities for watering in drought

Homeowners know that irrigation is a necessary but never-ending task for gardens and the overall landscape. But watering priorities change drastically during a drought. Conservation prevails over plant care and can trigger expensive and in some … more

Spruce up your pool landscaping with some smart choices

Landscaping around an outdoor swimming pool requires no-muss, no-fuss plant selections. The pool can be a flowery focal point, but don't open it to litter from leaves and limbs. "Both in- and above-ground pools offer unique design challenges and … more

The making of a poacher

"Mr. Dan, they took my daddy's deer," the little blond-headed boy said. He was only six or seven years old. Too young and innocent to know that he was probably telling me something that his daddy would have liked to be kept quiet. "Who took your … more

The Castle at the Beach

Long, dark corridors run the length of the strange building. The walls are masonry, and the floors and ceilings are concrete. Ornate metal bars cover the large windows. Many small rooms line the corridors. There is an open, central courtyard with … more

State hunting, fishing license purchases will be unavailable this weekend

FROM STAFF REPORTS If you are planning an outdoor activity this weekend that requires a state hunting or fishing license, you need to make that purchase now. Because of a necessary security upgrade and installation, South Carolina Interactive … more

Fertilizer 101: It's simpler than you might think

Every garden needs periodic fertilization. "Designer" fertilizers are available for some kinds of plants, and so are fertilizers that you're directed to apply at specified times throughout the season. So roses get their rose food, tomatoes get their … more

Spring is busy time for bees and their keepers

Spring is the busiest time of year for bees and their beekeepers. Queens begin laying their eggs, scouts head out of the hive to find food to replenish diminished stocks, and the rest of the workers shoulder the load in raising more brood. For … more

Curious about bats? Try S.C. Bat Watch

Are you curious about bats? Do you have a bat box or know of a bat roost you're interested in monitoring? Then become a part of S.C. Bat Watch. This citizen science project counts emerging bats from maternity roosts twice each summer. Anyone is … more
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