This week I have spent a good bit of time watering the yard and garden, basically to keep the vegetables, flowers and lawn from curling up and dying. Although most of the Pee Dee counties are not officially in a drought, it sure is dry and we are doing the rain dance. I wish I were singing “It’s raining, it’s pouring, the old man is snoring” instead.

EFFINGHAM, S.C. -- There’s no doubt about it: Goats are rising in popularity and in a meteoric trajectory.

The GREEN is flowing in South Carolina. Broccoli, cabbage, collards, turnips, mustard, kale, etc., are yielding well, or as Forrest Gump would say, “hauling buttocks.”

Last week, I extolled the virtues of the oakleaf hydrangea, one of my favorite large deciduous native shrubs. Their beautiful white flowers signal that it is time for certain types of scale insects to start laying eggs and for crawlers (their mobile immature stage) to start hatching out.

Recently I had several homeowners call and bring in samples of weeds for identification at the Clemson Extension office. I was amazed that they were all the same weed, which is apparently showing its fluffy white seed heads in great profusion in lawns all over the Pee Dee region of South Carolina.

It’s that time of year. Time to begin controlling fire ants, or what I call our annual “Fire Ant Dance.”

I hate plant problems, but as one vegetable farmer noted, “Without plant problems they would not need me around – I guess job security.”

FLORENCE, S.C. -- In a Morning News column on January 2017, I described how to build a small greenhouse from a simple kit, which I purchased at a local “cheap tool store.”

If you like to have large trees around your home, no doubt you have encountered the challenges of growing turf grasses in the shade.

Spring is here, y’all, and everything is on the move around our state, nation and world. That includes plants, people and pests.

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Ginger (Zingiber officinale) has been used for thousands of years as a culinary and medicinal spice. A member of the plant family, it includes cardamom and turmeric, along with other plant nutrients that offer a variety of medicinal uses.

Sunday is Father’s Day. Although not a religious holiday, like Mother’s Day it has roots in the Methodist Church. Both holidays were celebrated in the early 1900s in local Methodist churches and then began to move to a larger audience.

Ginger (Zingiber officinale) has been used for thousands of years as a culinary and medicinal spice. A member of the plant family, it includes cardamom and turmeric, along with other plant nutrients that offer a variety of medicinal uses.

Sunday is Father’s Day. Although not a religious holiday, like Mother’s Day it has roots in the Methodist Church. Both holidays were celebrated in the early 1900s in local Methodist churches and then began to move to a larger audience.