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Digging Deeper Vol. 7

That First Tomato Sandwich Can't Be Far Away

I was involved all last week with the on-line Food Revolution Summit, which provided lots of documented advice on the proper eating habits for a healthier and more satisfying lifestyle.  One mainstream recommendation of the some two dozen guest speakers was to grow your own and eat as many fruits and vegetables as you can,… Read More

Digging Deeper Vol. 6

Hostas In Tubs On Driveway

When we moved back to Seneca in January after spending 9 months with friends in New Zealand, we quickly fell in love with our new home, which we had rented via the Internet several weeks before we returned. And even though our landscape is quite small, we would be happy with that, except for the… Read More

Digging Deeper Vol. 5

Even with our mild winter and recent extremely warm spring weather, it only takes one night cold enough to produce “frost,” and tender plants may be severely damaged or even killed when these ice crystals form on the foliage and new growth.  I do hope that you came through relatively damage-free last week, as we… Read More

Digging Deeper Vol. 4

My First 2012 Tomato Fruits Set

Even the meteorologists and climatologists are baffled by all these consistent summer-like weather patterns, so I don’t feel quite so embarrassed to say I now feel that it appears to be time to get started with your 2012 vegetable garden in spite of the fact we’re still two weeks ahead of what used to be… Read More

Digging Deeper Vol. 3

Hellebores Make Perfect Groundcover

The recent extended period of extremely warm (almost hot) weather has the majority of us gardeners racing here and yonder while trying to catch up with Mother Nature, and after almost 65 years of studying and working with her, I’m doing my best to remain calm and stay with the game plan.  While it certainly… Read More

Digging Deeper Vol. 2

Bulk Garden Plants From Seeds Planted Indoors

As has been the case in recent years, winter here in the Upstate appears to have given way to early spring and even summer-like temperatures, which readily tempt us to get an early start on our vegetable garden plantings for the upcoming season.  But be careful with cold-tender annuals, such as tomatoes, peppers, okra, basil,… Read More

Digging Deeper

Upsizing Smaller Plants Is Simple

As I mentioned in my introduction, I am a frequent visitor to Head-Lee Nursery, and even during the dead of winter, wife Pat and I can always find time to get out and find out what’s available for the garden—inside as well as outside.  Pat was in a very serious automobile accident in 2008, and… Read More

Hello Friends of Head-Lee Nursery

Let me introduce myself.  I am Randy Peele, a life-long horticulturist and journalist from Lee County in the “sandy” Coastal Plain of South Carolina, and although I have gotten much better at growing vegetables and ornamentals in the heavy clay soils of Oconee County, I’m still learning how to better grow plants in this very… Read More

The Real Cost of Lawns

Lawn Alternative Edible Landscape

In her book “Edible Landscaping,” Rosalind Creasy, who has been practicing what she preaches for some 40 years, encourages us to calculate the “real cost of lawns” and consider converting part or even all of our lawn area into an attractive sustainable landscape that features numerous plantings that are edible, both by us and our… Read More

Powdery Mildew Fungi on Ornamental Plants

Powdery Mildew

In almost every landscape there is a plant or tree that is susceptible to Powdery Mildew. As the spring heat and humidity increases Powdery Mildew becomes more of a problem. Many of our favorite plants and trees such as Roses, Crape Myrtle, Dogwoods, Azaleas, Euonymus, Lilac, Begonias, Mums, Phlox, Zinnias and many more can contract… Read More