Making It Grow

Mon-Sat, throughout the day

Amanda McNulty of Clemson University’s Extension Service and host of ETV’s six-time Emmy Award-winning show, Making It Grow, offers gardening tips and techniques.

Archive: Making It Grow Podcasts, January 2011 - September 2014

Ways to Connect

Co-existing with the "diggers."

Cat Tale

Jan 16, 2015

The cats, the Voles, and the Shrews.

Controlling Voles

Jan 15, 2015

Tips for keeping Voles at bay.

Mole problems can be mitigated by the way you water your lawn.

The misunderstood mole.

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. A major reason to garden is to provide wildlife habitat so perhaps we should look at the positive aspects of that possum on the half shell armadillo. They eat whole yellow jacket underground colonies and can lap up fireants without being harmed. There is no record of humans getting rabies from  armadillos   and although a small number harbor leprosy the rare transmission came from eating undercooked meat. Properly, cooked, some cultures consider it superior to pork.

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow! Although armadillos are in residence of most of South Carolina and will always be a problem in some gardens, you can try to get relief by capturing one that is plaguing you by unsightly and damaging digging. A large, heavy-duty manufactured trap placed near a fence line or where you see activity should have six-foot long or so wings of 1x4 or 1 x6 inch boards fanning out from the entrance to the trap. Putting loose soil over the cage bottom seems to help.

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow.  Not long after I spotted a dead armadillo on the Calhoun County side of the Congaree River, a new problem came to my garden -- dozens of small, random holes, several inches deep and about two to three inches wide.  . I have been mulching with coastal Bermuda hay and don’t till at all – so I have a wonderful population of larvae – the main diet of armadillos.

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. I thought we’d start to “new semester” by talking about some nuisance wildlife animals for gardeners. The newest is the nine-banded armadillo which originally crossed the Rio Grande in to Texas and has now crossed the Mississippi and every other river that stood between it and South Carolina. At first, biologists believed its range would be severely limited by cold temperatures, but these these mammals are first class diggers and burrow deeply into the soil when temperatures are extreme.

How long does a plant have to grow in South Carolina before you can call it "native"?

Cedars of Lebanon

Dec 19, 2014

Cedars of Lebanon

Conifers for Winter decorations: Japanese False Cypress trees.

Plant evergreens now for next year's decorations.

Hello Gardeners, I'm Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow! At this time of the year, people in the Appalachian Mountains once roamed through open forests collecting a veritable feast from the forest floor - chestnuts. Thirty years ago, an older gentleman in St. Matthews, Mr. Cochrane, told me stories about running through the West Virginia mountains filling sacks with these nuts and selling them to help support his family. The timber was rot resistant and beautiful, making the chestnut tree one of the most valuable of our natural resources.

Hello Gardeners, I'm Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow! At the Sustainable Midlands' Holiday Celebration, I went home with a special treat from Michael Peterson of the Eastover Nut Farm - a bag of chestnuts harvested from his grove. Michael grows the Dunstan chestnut tree, a hybrid between our fungal-challenged native chestnut and the disease-resistant Chinese variety. Despite competition from squirrels and Carolina Dogs, Michael was able to harvest over 500 pounds of nuts this year.

Hello Gardeners, I'm Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow! I read the Etiquette book sometimes to see what the old additions listed as "necessary items for the well appointed home," and I've got a new and maybe unexpected addition - knee high lady's stockings. Ever since that Imported Japanese Ladybug Beetle got established in this country, winter brings home invasions of these critters who are looking for a warm, safe place to hang out. Sweeping them is a big mistake-- when disturbed they leave a odorous and staining residue.

Everybody Loves Pecans--including a number of pests and diseases.

The benefits of cover cropping.

Tips on minimizing the impact of "fairy rings" on your lawn.

The cause of "fairy rings" on lawns.

Amanda McNulty tells us what's happening tonight on Making It Grow! on South Carolina ETV.

The USDA's Plant Hardiness Zone Map and the American Horticulture Society's Plant Heat Zone Map will help you make the best choice of plants for your garden.

  Hickory Trees in the Fall

South Carolina ETV Radio and Clemson University have announced that the noontime radio magazine Your Day will end production November 13th, 2014 after fourteen years. Your Day, a radio magazine produced as a public service of Clemson University Broadcast Productions, provided programming in the public radio tradition, but with a South Carolina flavor.  It was broadcast over the stations of the ETV Radio network.

Fun Facts About Persimmons

Types of Persimmon Trees

Tonight on Making It Grow!

Native Persimmon Trees Beautiful in the Fall

Candlestick plant or Senna alata

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow! Former Extension Agent Morgan Sass, now with Ag South, was talking about how to store her bumper crop of sweet potatoes which  need to stay above 55 degrees – but a heated house is too hot. I called   Making It Grow regular Tony Melton and this is what he said. . Put  three inches of pine straw on the ground. Place a single layer of sweet potatoes on top, not letting them touch. Put another   three inches of straw over that and repeat the process over and over.,  .

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