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How to keep your evergreens green in winter

Did you notice browned areas on your evergreens at the end of last winter? You may still be able to do something to prevent a repeat performance of this condition, winter burn, which happens when evergreen leaves lose too much water in winter. No … more

Hurricanes harm birds, too: What you can do to help them

Americans in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico suffered through devastating hurricanes last year, and they weren't alone in their desolation - Hurricanes Irma, Harvey and Maria also caused unparalleled upheaval for wildlife, including bird populations. … more

Darlington farm family places in national competition

Darlington family farmers Ty and Tracy Woodard were named top 10 winners of the National Achievement Award Competition recently at the 99th Annual American Farm Bureau Federation Convention. More than 100 South Carolina Farm Bureau Federation … more

The fear of getting lost in the outdoors

One of our greatest fears is the thought of getting lost. There aren't many places in this part of the world to get lost in, but it does happen occasionally in Sparkleberry Swamp. Ever so often we hear about some duck hunter or fisherman that gets … more

Farmers are invited to annual S.C. cotton, peanut growing meetings

Southeast farmers can learn tips to maximize profitability on cotton and peanut crops at meetings planned by the Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service this month. The annual South Carolina Cotton Growers Meeting will be 9 a.m. to 3:30 … more

Hill bags deer on Youth Day

Rogers kills her first buck

Snow birds and more cold-weather wildlife

"What are you doing?" my wife, Ginger, asked. I had been standing in the kitchen for a while, looking out the window at a snow-covered back yard. "I'm looking at the birds" was my simple reply. She was satisfied and went back to her … more

First kill

A cold ending to deer season this year

Last Saturday was not so bad. It was cold but sunny and pleasant. I like the colder weather much better than hot weather. I can dress for the cold. I have an insulated set of camouflaged coveralls, a camouflaged scarf that my wife, Ginger, knitted, … more

Do you know your soil by its name?

"Soil don't get no respect," Rodney Dangerfield might have said (but didn't). Perhaps you know your state bird or flower, but do you know your state soil? Well, in recent years soil has begun to get more respect. Since the celebration of the Soil … more

What do Lowcountry alligators do in the winter?

HILTON HEAD ISLAND - Alligators, it turns out, are not that different from humans when it comes to bundling up during cold weather. While cold winter days might be the perfect time for people to stay inside with a warm blanket and a nice cup of … more

A buck for my brother

It was just the slightest sound - a soft rustle in the leaves, but it caught my attention. I looked up to see a big doe. She was only about 20 yards from the ground blind and was bounding away with her ears pinned back and her tail clamped down. She … more

Pocket-size seed packets have plenty of information

A seed packet may be small, but it speaks volumes. While seed catalogs promote thousands of types of plants, seed packets tell gardeners how to grow one. All the information is printed on the back of a paper pouch slightly larger than the size of … more

Swarm chasers help to return wayward honeybees to hives

When half or more of your honeybees have deserted the hive and are lingering nearby, who ya gonna call? Swarm chasers can provide quick help to fellow beekeepers, keeping them from getting stung literally and financially. "A swarm is the division … more

A hunter's Christmas is a gift, too

Christmas is a special time of year for all of us. It's a time when friends and family get together to celebrate and honor our Lord. We give each other gifts as a tradition because the wise men brought gifts to Bethlehem. Our homes and … more

He just needs a shiny nose

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