Amanda McNulty

Host, Producer

Amanda McNulty is a Clemson University Extension Horticulture agent and the host of South Carolina ETV’s Making It Grow! gardening program. She studied horticulture at Clemson University as a non-traditional student. “I’m so fortunate that my early attempts at getting a degree got side tracked as I’m a lot better at getting dirty in the garden than practicing diplomacy!” McNulty also studied at South Carolina State University and earned a graduate degree in teaching there.

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Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow.   People are coming to the Extension office with problem tomato plants   and sometimes their issues could have been avoided with proper watering. Two clients were using an overhead sprinkler and watering for fifteen minutes every day, which got only the top of soil wet- as a result one had diseased leaves and the other had blossom end rot, a calcium and water-related issue.   Tomatoes need a deep root system to provide a consistent supply of water with dissolved nutrients to the fruits to the plants.

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. Okra is one plant that likes hot weather and usually snubs its nose at the heat, not surprising for a plant which originated in Ethiopia.  Clemson Spineless is a Southern favorites but you might want to experiment with some different varieties.

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. Southern Exposure Seed Exchange has a catalogue I like as it offers hybrid and heirloom varieties that are especially well suited to the Southeast. Although you may be tempted by companies offering tomatoes from the Belarusian-Ukrainian areas of Russia that have deep colors and a high sugar content, unless you plan to move to Michigan this summer, you’d do better to plant tomatoes that were developed in the deep South.

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. Extension Vegetable Specialist Tony Melton is doing research at the Pee Dee Research and Education Center near Florence on heat tolerant butterbeans. South Carolina vegetable growers are a hard-working group of farmers who often grow multiple crops in order to stay profitable.

Heat Zones

Jun 12, 2017

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. University of Illinois Professor Eric Snodgrass of the Department of Atmospheric Sciences recently gave Clemson agents a presentation on how our weather is changing. For the past several years, almost every state has reported the hottest temperature on record, records dating back to 1895.   This means we need to pay attention to the heat zones that have been established by the American Horticulture Society as well as the Cold Hardiness zones that are determined by the US Department of Agriculture.

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