Tips for a bumper crop from your vegetable garden
By JIM MARTIN
Executive director, Charleston Parks Conservancy
Reprinted with permission
Note: Home vegetable gardens seem to be more popular than ever
these days, and they're moving beyond a simple pot of tomatoes
on the porch. We thank Jim Martin and the folks at the Charleston
Parks Conservancy for sharing with us Jim's recent
blog post - - offering 10 tips for rookie vegetable gardeners
- and we bet all you veteran growers will learn a little bit,
10, 2010 -- "Tell me everything you know about starting a vegetable
garden," is what she said, standing behind the counter at one
of my favorite coffee shops, Muddy Waters Coffee, making my latte.
My initial thought was, "I hope this latte doesn't take that
long to make."
after asking a few questions and spewing a few answers, I realized
that, for most people her age, there is just way too much information
on the Internet on the subject for her or her friends to drill down
into a plan that might lead them to success. So, in an effort to
help a potential newbie gardener who just happens to make a great
latte, here goes:
tips to a successful first-time vegetable and herb garden
The garden site has to have at least six hours of full sun
anywhere from 10 a.m. in the morning to 4 p.m. in the afternoon.
Vegetables and herbs like to bask in the sun.
The site of your new garden must be well drained. If water
pools in the area for an hour or so after a heavy rainfall, you
will need to do one of three things.
Build boxes that will allow you to elevate the roots growing
in the soil above the poor drainage - 2x6-inch boards turned
up means 6 inches of growing space above the present soil line,
making this a good place to start.
Move to another site with full sun.
Grow your vegetables and herbs in a container garden situation.
Start with a small area and increase the size once success
comes in the space you first chose. Most people's eyes are bigger
than their time allotment. Success breeds more success. I've seen
some pretty awesome gardens in a 4x4-foot bed. Amazing produce
can come out of a space this size.
Site the garden as close to your walk into the house each
day as possible. "Out of sight, out of mind" is the
biggest reason veggie gardens turn to weed-ridden wastelands.
Place the garden where you drive by, walk by or, better yet, like
to sit and ponder your place in life. Being close by daily means
more frequent weeding, watching for pest problems and harvesting
those wonderful things you dreamed of sharing with your family
Make a list of the vegetables and herbs you actually eat.
I know people who grow all these beautiful exotic-looking eggplants
who actually would never order eggplant anything from the finest
restaurant in town. Hence, the vegetables are not used by the
family and are a waste of their growing space.
Take the list and go to my favorite resource for knowing
what grows at what time of year here in South Carolina - The
Best When to Plant List in S.C. - . (You foreigners reading
this now need to check out your own state extension service to
get the correct information for your place.)
7) You have to add organic matter to your soil. This feeds
the soil and makes it a healthy place to grow and prosper. No
ifs, ands or buts about it. If you do not do this from season
to season, you will not have success. (I don't make statements
like this often.) Add 6-12 inches of compost such as mushroom
compost or your city's recycled leaf compost. You can use your
own compost if you get into doing this. Now for container gardening,
use readily available soilless mixes from garden centers and big-box
stores. Compost is not needed in these mixes.
Less is usually more. Do you really need 12 tomato plants
in your garden? Are you opening a spaghetti sauce factory out
of your kitchen? Probably not, so contemplate the numbers and
quantity of vegetables you might get from a single plant. Then
Mulching is the single most forgotten garden practice that
must be done for many reasons. Mulch goes on top of the soil.
It does not get mixed into the soil like compost. So what are
the benefits to mulching? There are many!!!
Help keep the weeds from growing in your garden. Most weed seeds
need light to germinate and grow. They can't do this with a
blanket sitting on top of them.
Cool the roots of your vegetables and herbs. They like the sun
on their faces and the shade on their feet!
Help conserve moisture in the soil, which means less watering
and more money in your pocket. Favorite mulches include leaves
(I like the ones that go through a mulching mower; they look
so beautiful in the beds), pine straw, ground pine bark, newspapers
and shredded documents.
Fertilize with a slow-release fertilizer such as Osmocote
or use some of the organic liquid fertilizers available at garden
centers. If you add compost each season you plant, you won't need
to fertilize so much.
these 10 steps and your chances for success shoot sky high!
Martin is executive director of the Charleston
Parks Conservancy, a nonprofit organization whose mission is
to increase the quality, awareness, appreciation and usage of Charleston's
parks and greenspaces.
do with kids this summer locally
By ANN THRASH, editor
10, 2010 -- Summer is still so fresh that the kids probably haven't
moaned, "There's nothing to do!" -- at least not yet --
but thanks to a couple of new activities that are joining the local
lineup, there should be no lack of fun in the Lowcountry this summer
and into the fall.
Here are a couple of don't-miss experiences we've heard about lately
- one downtown, one in Mount Pleasant, and one in both James Island
and North Charleston. Check them out -- and we'd love it if you'd
send us a short review of your experience for our Reviews column,
in 4-D: Just open at the South Carolina Aquarium is a new 4-D
Immersion Theater - the only one in the state - that brings the
sights, sounds and, yes, the smell and feel of the sea to your moviegoing
experiences. The 4-D Immersion Theater takes 3-D imagery and ups
the ante by adding interactive seating and waves of special effects
such as gusts of wind, splashes of water and movement under your
feet, all synchronized to some favorite family films.
movie showing now is "Happy Feet 4-D Experience," starring
Mumble the Penguin. It's a 15-minute show film that would make for
great viewing after you visit the real live penguins who make their
home at the aquarium.
new 52-seat theater is adjacent to the aquarium and handicapped
accessible. It's not a travelling show - it's a permanent addition
to the facility, and the films will change so there will be always
something new and fun to experience. You can get tickets just to
the 4-D Theater, or buy a ticket combo that also provides admission
to the aquarium. For the theater only, prices are $6.95 (general
admission, adult and child) or $2.95 (member and member guest price).
Go to this
site for more info.
Movies at the Pier: The Charleston County Park and Recreation
Commission is offering free movies at Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront
Park, starting with a showing of "The Blind Side" on June
26. Bring a blanket and lawn chair, buy some snacks at the park,
and watch the show under the stars. Other films include "E.T."
on July 24, "City Slickers" on Aug. 14, "Willy Wonka
and the Chocolate Factory" on Sept. 18 and "Rudy"
on Oct. 2. Keep up with the schedule
Returns: Another winner from the PRC: The summer reggae concerts
at James Island County Park have been a smash hit for years, and
they return this weekend for the summer season with a concert featuring
Selah Dub. The concerts rotate between James Island County Park
and Wannamaker County Park in North Charleston, and the first concert
there is July 10, featuring Dub Addis.
concerts are a blast for all ages, and you can really immerse yourself
in the reggae feel of the night by sampling some Caribbean fare
from Brieles Lowcountry Café. Other acts coming up through
the summer at James Island are Jahfe (July 17) and Jah Works (Aug.
21), and the Wannamaker concerts will include Mystic Vibrations
(Aug. 7) and The Resolvers (Sept. 18).
$8 a ticket for ages 13 and up, and children under 12 free, this
is a bargain for sure. For details, click
here or call 795-4FUN (4386).
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Mission on John's Island. The organization is many things to
man people: a hand up in times of crisis and need
service and faith volunteer experience for the young and older
a caregiver and advocate for young migrant children and a support
system for migrant families
a provider of a warm, comfortable
home in winter and
a greatly appreciated giver of desperately
needed home repairs to make low income homes safe, healthy and decent.
For all, Rural Mission is a source of hope for low- and very low-income
residents, the elderly and families living in the rural underserved
Sea Islands of Charleston County, from Johns Island to Wadmalaw
to Edisto and Yonges Islands. To learn more about this extraordinary
Rural Mission online. To talk to someone about giving your time
or money to help, phone: 843.768-1720.
2-1-1 Hotline offers hurricane season resources
another hurricane season begins, officials with Trident
United Way's 2-1-1 Hotline are reminding Lowcountry residents
that the service offers free, confidential information to local
residents about hurricane resources before, during and after a storm.
2-1-1 Hotline staff and volunteers work out of Charleston County's
Emergency Operations Center during storms and have backup all over
the country if power and phone lines are lost. By storing data online,
2-1-1 Hotline can ensure that callers get the latest local information
even if it's being supplied from across the nation. In the event
of a storm, callers to the hotline will be able to find information
on shelters, evacuation routes and resources for how to get assistance
for themselves or to help others in need.
work of the 2-1-1 Hotline isn't limited to storm season; it's actually
a 24-hour/365-day-a-year service funded by contributions to Trident
United Way. It serves nearly 50,000 requests for information and
support each year.
Conservancy looking for Lead Park Angels
Charleston Parks Conservancy is looking for a new group of dedicated
citizens to serve as the guardians of Charleston's city parks. The
organization is seeking Lead Park Angels to advance its mission
and to take over for the previous group, which is completing its
term of service.
Park Angel program coordinates volunteers in the community to do
everything from literally digging in the dirt to spreading the word
and inspiring the community to take ownership in our local parks.
The Lead Angels rally the volunteers, serve as spokespeople for
the organization and educate the community about the conservancy's
after the Conservancy formed in 2008, it selected six people to
serve two-year terms as Lead Park Angels and generate interest in
the conservancy's Park Angel volunteer program, which now has more
than 300 members.
Park Angels will focus on one of the following areas: Educate You
gardening and horticulture classes; Garden in the Parks programs
and volunteer recruitment; marketing and social networking; membership;
special events; and development. The benefits of being a lead Park
Angel include free horticulture classes and gardening advice, discounts
on conservancy merchandise, a network of locals interested in the
same issue, online resources and more. Selected Lead Angels must
be able to attend a Lead Park Angel Summit Aug. 28-29.
Anyone with an interest in becoming a Lead Park Angel should complete
the online form by July 1. In-person interviews will be conducted
later that month.
quality, marine recreation topics of 'Living Green' show
Green," Charleston County government's 30-minute green lifestyles
TV show, will focus on water quality and marine recreation in its
June telecast. The show airs Saturdays on WTAT Fox 24 and My TV
Charleston each month.
the topics of the June show are designated "green marinas"
that offer free pump-out services for boaters; options for recycling
monofilament fishing line; the Clean Vessel Act Program; and local
groups who test the waterways for harmful chemicals.
guests include Cyrus Buffum, executive director of Charleston Waterkeeper;
Jen Jones of the S.C. Oyster Restoration and Enhancement Program;
Scott Meister, Clean Vessel Act coordinator for the S.C. Department
of Natural Resources; and Marty Morganello of the Surfrider Foundation.
June episode is scheduled to air from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. each Saturday
on Fox 24 (Comcast channel 6) and from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. each
Saturday on My TV Charleston, WMMP (Comcast channel 13).
post an environmental question or ideas for a future episode of
'Living Green,' e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
or search for CARE Community Forum on Facebook.
Group wins national marketing honors
Bosworth Group, a Charleston-based marketing, advertising and
public relations consultant, has won "Best of Show" and
four other national honors for the "Better Care in Every Sense"
marketing program created for its client Charleston Ear, Nose and
Throat Associates, the tri-county's largest independent ENT practice.
recognition by Healthcare Marketing Report, the nation's leading
health-care marketing publication, follows two Telly awards that
Bosworth won earlier this year for the TV commercials the agency
created for Charleston ENT, whose nine board-certified physicians
serve patients at seven offices throughout Charleston, Berkeley
and Dorchester counties.
Marketing Report reviewed more than 4,000 entries for the awards.
The Bosworth Group campaign won "Best of Show," Television
Advertising; Gold Award, Television Commercial Series; Gold Award,
Radio Commercial Series; Bronze Award, Outdoor Advertising; and
Bronze Award, Marketing Campaign including Television.
If you have a review or recommendation of a book, movie, restaurant
or local arts endeavor, please send no more than 150 words to
editor Ann Thrash.
Make sure to include your name and full contact information.
the late seventeenth century through the early nineteenth century,
the center of South Carolina silver production, importation and
consumption was Charleston. Populated with an oligarchy of planters
and merchants, the city had the highest per capita income in British
North America. British culture dominated Charleston society, and
British goods, including silver, were in great demand.
early colonists imported all silver or plate from England, but by
the early 1700s colonial silversmiths began to compete with imported
British wares. A surviving chalice dated 1711 and attributed to
the Charleston goldsmith Miles Brewton (1675-1745) indicates early
silver production in the city. Charleston silversmiths, such as
Alexander Petrie and Thomas You, as well as most American silversmiths,
usually marked their wares with either their initials or their last
names. Pseudo-hallmarks similar to British hallmarks were sometimes
added to give the appearance of English wares.
popularity of owning silver grew, as indicated by the high number
of silversmiths and jewelers working in the Charleston area between
1780 and 1820. Domestic silver, especially pieces associated with
the serving of tea, was the mainstay of these Charleston artisans.
They also were commissioned by churches, fraternal organizations,
and civic groups to produce silver for ceremonies and awards. Notable
silversmiths of the era included Heloise and Louis Boudo and John
the early 1800s emerging inland communities such as Columbia and
Camden could boast several working silversmiths.
known about silversmiths working in the upstate. By the mid-nineteenth
century, when many communities had the populations to support silversmiths,
silver manufactured in the Northeast was easy to obtain and more
fashionable than locally made wares. The popularity of imports lessened
the demand for South Carolina artisans. Flatware, however, does
exist bearing the marks of upstate jewelers and silversmiths, indicating
that at least some silver continued to be produced in Chester, York,
and Greenville up until the Civil War.
silver was produced in South Carolina after the Civil War. The exception
was the Eastern Carolina Silver Company, which operated in Hartsville
from 1907 to 1909. The company was one of the few southern ventures
in the mass production of silver-plated wares.
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Thanks to Bruce
Donaldson of Abide-A-While
Garden Center in Mount Pleasant for letting us reprint a list
from the center's newsletter on how to attract butterflies to your
garden. Susan Reed-Campbell is the author. "Attracting butterflies
to your yard is easy and fun! Creating a butterfly garden can be
as simple as planting a mixed container. Choose a sunny location
and fill it with the right plants and soon you'll have butterflies
fluttering around your yard! There are many perennials, annuals
and herbs which butterflies need. Below we have listed a few plants
for a butterfly garden. For additional ideas, come on in, see the
plants, and check out our butterfly gardening handout."
"This is a perennial favorite plant for all butterflies! Lantanas
are outstanding all-summer bloomers! Sizes range from 12 inches
to 6 feet tall and wide. With many colors available you will be
able to find one that works within your garden!"
Flower: "The exotic flower of this perennial vine stops
people in their tracks! This vine can grow 20 feet to 30 feet and
works well trained along fences or trellises. Passion vine is an
invitation for the Gulf Fritillary to visit your garden."
"Annual or perennial, these plants are a favorite for butterflies
and hummingbirds too! Some varieties will trail from a containers,
while others are upright, growing to about 2-1/2 feet to 3 feet
"Rue is a full sun, evergreen herb. Its delicate blue green
foliage adds a fern-like texture to your sunny garden. In the spring
clusters of yellow flowers rise above
the foliage. Rue is the host plant for Giant Swallowtail butterflies."
only be young once. But you can always be immature."
Barry, humor columnist (1947 - )
Skin Cancer Screening: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 12, Whirlin'
Waters Adventure Waterpark, Wannamaker County Park, North Charleston.
The Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission and MUSC will
man a fully equipped mobile doctor's office to offer free skin cancer
screenings. The mobile unit will also visit the Isle of Palms on
July 10; it will be set up on the front beach from 9 a.m. until
1 p.m. that day. No appointments necessary. More info: 792-1414.
Sale: 9 a.m. to noon June 12, The Real Estate Gallery,
214 King St. Vintage cookbooks, silver serviceware, linens, collectible
kitchen pieces and more will be offered at the annual Culinary Tag
Sale sponsored by the Charleston chapter of Les Dames D'Escoffier,
a worldwide philanthropic society of professional women leaders
in the fields of food, fine beverages, and hospitality. Proceeds
benefit Les Dames' scholarship fund. Open to the public. Only cash
will be accepted for purchase.
Concert: 7:30 p.m. June 12, James Island County Park,
871 Riverland Drive. The Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission's
popular summer reggae concert series kicks off with a performance
by Selah Dub. Gates open at 7:30 p.m.; music starts at 8:30 p.m.
Bring a chair or blanket. Open to all ages; kids 12 and under get
in free. No alcohol or coolers allowed; Caribbean fare and other
foods will be available for purchase, as well as local handmade
crafts. Tickets (at the gate): $8 ages 13 and up, or five Greenbax.
For a schedule of other dates and artists, as well as a list of
reggae concerts at Wannamaker County Park in North Charleston, go
and Farming Course: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays for nine weeks,
beginning in June. The Food and Farming Entrepreneurship Course
is offered by FastTracSC and Clemson Extension for those who are
interested in becoming food-system entrepreneurs (urban/rural farmers,
local food artisans, chefs/caterers, bakers, food media, processors,
etc.). Cost: $145. More info: email@example.com.
Art Tour: 4 p.m. each Thursday, Through June 24, Heyward-Washington
House, 87 Church St., downtown. Explore the art of portraiture and
satirical engravings popular with wealthy colonial Charlestonians.
The Charleston Museum's art collection at the house features portraits
by Jeremiah Theus, Samuel F.B. Morse and Henry Benbridge; later
copies by Johann Stolle and George Whiting Flagg; and original,
irreverent engravings of William Hogarth. Cost: $10 adults, $5 ages
3-12; free for Charleston Museum members. Reservations not required.
More info: 722-2996, ext. 235.
ONGOING AND SOON
in Film: June 18 and June 19, Gage Hall, Unitarian
Universalist Church, 4 Archdale St., downtown. Jungian analyst and
author Dr. Virginia Apperson will lead a lecture and workshop on
"The Feminine in Film," sponsored by the Jung Society.
The June 18 lecture is titled "Floozies, Shrews and Ingenues";
June 19 workshop is titled "An Unlikely Heroine." Cost:
for June 18 lecture, $15 society members, $25 nonmembers; for June
19 workshop, $60 members, $80 nonmembers; to attend both days, $65
members, $95 nonmembers. To register: e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seafood Dinner: 6:30 p.m. June 18, Fish Restaurant, 442
King St. Fish and the S.C. Aquarium's Sustainable Seafood Initiative
will sponsor a four-course dinner that highlights local sustainable
seafood. The menu will include local clams, grouper and porgy, all
paired with wine, as well as a dessert course. Cost: $50 per person
(not including tax and gratuity). Fish will donate 10 percent of
the proceeds to the aquarium's Sustainable Seafood Initiative. Reservations
(required by June 16): Fish, 722-3474.
Class: 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. June 19, Charleston Museum,
360 Meeting St. Learn to make traditional sweetgrass baskets with
basketmaker Sarah Edwards-Hammond, who comes from a long line of
basketmakers and has passed down the tradition to her own children,
grandchildren and others in the community. The instructor will share
a brief history of the art form, then participants will get started
sewing their own basket. Workshop fee includes a starter and all
supplies. No experience required; program is designed for adults.
Cost: $40 museum members, $45 nonmembers. Registration (required):
or call 722-2996, ext. 235.
Self-Defense for Women: 10 a.m. to noon June 19, Charleston
Krav Maga, 1250 Wappoo Road. Offered by the Center for Women. Learn
the best ways to keep themselves safe in any dangerous situation
or environment. Wear comfortable gym clothes and bring water. Cost:
$20 Center for Women members, $40 nonmembers. Registration
Day at Whirlin' Waters: June 19, Whirlin' Waters Adventure
Waterpark, Wannamaker County Park, North Charleston. Lowcountry
Scouts are invited to the Charleston County PRC's Ninth Annual Scouts
Day. Scouts can enjoy the water park, earn a patch on animal safety,
win prizes, and enjoy a tasty catered picnic at Luau Landing. (Patches
and catered picnic additional cost.) Lunch reservations must be
made by June 16 (on-site registration not available). Cost: $12.99
per Scout and family members. Register
online or call 795-4FUN (4386).
Hurricane Business Plans: 7:30 a.m. to noon June 24,
Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, 4500 Leeds Ave., Suite 100.
The chambers Business Continuity Planning Council is hosting
a workshop to help businesses prepare for hurricane season, including
instruction on how to write a business continuity plan and how to
test it before a disaster hits. Cost: $25 chamber members, $35 nonmembers.
Tips: 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. June 24, Charleston County
Main Library, 68 Calhoun St. This month's Small Business & Nonprofit
Networking Lunch looks at the differences between blogging, blogging
professionally and having a professional blog. Presenter Heather
Solos of Home-Ec101.com will cover tips and strategies for using
a blog as part of your small business marketing strategy. Registration
is not required. More info: 805-6930.
Kindness Beats Blindness Auction: 6 p.m. June 26,
Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park on the banks of the Ashley River. The Charleston
RiverDogs' 11th Annual "Kindness Beats Blindness RP Auction"
raises money for the MUSC Storm Eye Institute. Live and silent auctions
featuring items such as tickets to a Broadway show, use of an Edisto
Island beach house, fine jewelry, a seven-day cruise for two, and
lots of sports memorabilia. All fans that enter the ballpark are
eligible to bid. More
info online or 577-DOGS.
Networking: 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. June 29, Harbour Club,
35 Prioleau St., downtown. The Charleston Junior Chamber of Commerce
will be hosting a professional networking event with light refreshments.
You do not necessarily need to work in an occupation that sells
goods or services to attend. In addition to mixing, mingling and
networking, there will be a program featuring social media consultant
Ashley Caldwell of Modern Connections sharing a few social media
tips. Cost: $5 per person; benefits Jaycee Camp Hope, a statewide
residential camp for citizens with intellectual disabilities. RSVP/more
info: Jennifer Juice Davidson, 343-7578 or email@example.com,
or Jeremy Mills, 814-5739 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Getting lead out
Growth in down market
Picky Eaters Group
Class of '14
to do on 4th
to nab skeeters
the Pump, more
to do locally
LUCASH: BUSINESS INDIGO
fair, CED venture
on working with Boeing
library text questions
local dog romps
+ Food fest