Aiken Master Gardener Association

Amanda is coming! Amanda is coming! by Bill Hayes

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That’s right, Amanda McNulty will be the guest speaker at the next Lunch Box Seminar to be held at the Aiken County Historical Museum, (Banksia) on June 20th at noon. Amanda is the charming and witty co-host of Making It … Read More

There is always something blooming in Aiken, By Bill Hayes

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I usually try to wait until the last minute to submit my articles for this column. Minor weather changes that can create problems, good or bad, always seem to give me something to write about. This week’s sudden rise in … Read More

What can the Master Gardeners do for your garden?

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This column usually picks a timely topic or two and helps you deal with them. Today, we are going to discuss what the Master Gardeners can do for you on a daily basis. We should probably start out with a … Read More

257 Reasons Why I Hate Pine Straw! by Bill Hayes

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257 Reasons Why I Hate Pine Straw! Well, I lied about the 257 number but that was just to get you to read the rest of this article. I live in an area that has many pine trees and this … Read More

Master Gardener Linda Christine wins at the Fair

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Linda Christine entered in her words “I entered flowers(a box truck full) yesterday for the Aiken County Fair and tonight we went out and I had won the top award for this (Mickey Mouse Toro-elephant ear type of plant that … Read More

Bugs that come indoors, by Bill Hayes

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Cooler temperatures means “Expect Company”! The other day one of my cats, Tigger, was moving around the sunroom like a predator. I don’t know why he would hunt because he and his brother are indoor cats and at 18 pounds … Read More

Oh no, not another weather column! by Bill Hayes

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Well , I’m sorry but it’s about time we discussed some weather issues as they apply to gardening. There are a lot of dried up gardens in Aiken right now along with some brown lawns and a lot of stressed … Read More

South Carolina Average Temp Data

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This is a table of the average Temperatures for Aiken since 1895 for each month and the last number is the yearly average. South Carolina State Averaged Temperature Data Year   JAN    FEB    MAR    APR    MAY    JUN    JUL    AUG    SEP    OCT    … Read More

Pre-emergent control for winter weeds by Bill Hayes

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For those of us who battle summer weeds in the lawn and garden from March through September, you would think that we would get a break from October to February. Well, that’s just not going to happen in an area … Read More

Fall Army Worm

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Will Hudson, UGA Extension Entomologist August 2, 2010 Description: fall armyworm, Spodoptera frugiperda (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) In late summer, almost every year, caterpillars invade turfgrass throughout the state. The damage to established turf is mostly aesthetic, but newly sodded or sprigged … Read More

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