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

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow! Extension Agent Mark Arena is now our pecan specialist. He was kind enough to make the trip to Sumter for a  recent Making it Grow segment. He gave us the sad news that homeowners can expect a good harvest from their backyard trees about every seven years. These trees will drop leaves and nuts when they’re experiencing harsh growing conditions from drought, disease, or insect pressure.

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow! Another member of the bean family that also gets called “locust” in its common name is Black Locust, Robinia pseudoacacia. Like honey locust, it has compound leaves and is armed but with small prickles that are less dangerous than thorns on honey locust trees. Black locust is strikingly beautiful in flower as it looks like a white wistaria with drooping clusters of white fragrant blossoms.   This tree is very adaptable – Dr.

Honey Locust Tree varieties can be great additions to your landscape.

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. Get those pumpkin pies baked early so you can enjoy dessert while watching ETV’s own Gardening show – Making It Grow at 7 tonight. Retired Extension Agent Carlin Munnerlyn, brings her expertise on the plant kingdom and reminds us, as a breast cancer survivor, to be proactive in a facing this disease. Our bug gal, Agent Vicky Bertagnolli, is bringing Shannon Unger, of USC Aiken’s Science Center, to the show with some Halloween critters – snakes and owls!

Honey Locust Trees

Oct 20, 2014

Honey locust is a fascinating tree and especially noticeable in fall after the somewhat lacey compound leaves fall off. Shiny dark brown seed pods, attractively curled and as long as 18inches, adorn the bare branches. Another feature of interest, when seen from afar, are the three-branched dangerous thorns that give rise to the second part of the scientific name – Gleditsia triacanthos – triacanthos means three spines. This tree has a long association with people.

The Bottom Line

Oct 18, 2014

Hello Gardeners I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow! Dr. Buz Kloot was talking to community garden organizer Michael Dantzler of Eastover and me at the Jason Carter Farm field day. He suggested that we read the One Straw Revolution by Masanobu Fukuoka. Danztler was already familiar with it but had to bone up. One quote I found is important to keep in mind as we explore new farming techniques like no-till and cover cropping.

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow!   The world is shrinking, it’s amazing how ideas can move so quickly across the globe. At the Natural Resouces Conservation Services/ richland County Soil and Water Conservation district field day I attended at Carter Farms in Eastover, USC professor Buz kloot   k l o o t,  talked about the journey he, Gordon Mikell, and Jason Carter have taken in growing crops with no tillage and minimal inputs – but with economically viable yields.

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow! When you look at the soil as a living organisms, not just as support for plant roots, you start to see how tilling actually destroys soil structure. Human populations have infrastructure – utility lines, roads, communication devices, and stores of nutrients.

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. You know how some advertisements are almost too good to be true? Well, it’s easy to feel that way about the benefits of cover cropping until you talk to farmers who are actually making the move to his new method farming which requires dramatically fewer inputs. Here is a listing of some of the benefits from planting crops and leaving the residue on the field.

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda mcNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow! Get that Palmetto Pigeon Plant red pigeon stew bubbling away so you’ll be ready at 7 for an hour of gardening advice with making It Grow. Our very own Extension pecan specialist, Mark Arena, comes with a horticultural buddy to answer your phone in questions about plants and grasses during this long transitional fall. Terasa Lott, Extension water quality expert, goes back to her days as a school teacher and makes Halloween crafts with our annual Halloween stars – the triplets!

No Till Farming

Oct 13, 2014

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow! Recently, over 100 people attended a field day at the farm of Jason Carter in Eastover. Jason is converting from strip-till to no-till. He is drastically reducing his use of pesticides and synthetic fertilizer and yet his yields are envious. How’s he doing it – through cover crops! He is getting nitrogen from chicken litter applications and from the breakdown of legume cover crops – the ones that can fix nitrogen through a symbiotic relationship with soil organisms.

  The American Horticultural Society has created an invaluable too for gardeners with its Heat Zone Map. Amanda McNulty tells us more...

It may be hard to find them, but, now is the time to buy your Rabbit Eye Blueberry plants and get them in the ground.

Amanda McNulty gives tips on preparing the best bed for your Blueberry plants.

The genus Vaccinium gives us both Sparkleberries & Blueberries. Amanda McNulty tells us more...

  Amanda McNulty gives us a preview of what's coming up on tonight's Making It Grow! on your local South Carolina ETV station, at 7:00.

  They'll grow in almost any soil, they need little attention, and they are beautiful. Amanda McNulty tells us more...

James Bland Quantz's breakthrough Pecan cracker and sheller has been a huge boost for Pecan processors. 

Harvesting pecans can be tedious. A mechanical tree shaker streamlines the process.

Southern Pecan harvests are plentiful--but the crop is always under attack.

Pecans in China

Sep 17, 2014

China is now importing record amounts of Pecans.

  Tune in to your local South Carolina ETV station tonight at 7:00 for Making It Grow!

  Amanda McNulty tells us about "Scab" - the major disease of Southern Pecans.

Fewer Mushrooms

Sep 10, 2014

Want fewer mushrooms on your lawn? Keep it watered during dry spells. Amanda McNulty explains.

Making It Grow! host, Amandy McNulty, advises against dumping you grass clippings!

The herbarium of Naturalist Henry William Ravenel (1814-1887) will soon be accessible to the public on line. Click here for more.

The life of Henry William Ravenel

Amanda McNulty explains how to get rid of fairy rings in your grass.

Amanda McNulty explains what fairy rings are and they are not from a fantasy book.  

Amanda McNulty talks about how the 4H Club got started.