PRESIDENT'S NOTE...Jerry Roberts
Becky and I were talking the other
morning over coffee that we found it
hard to believe 2012 is almost gone.
Time goes by so fast the older you get!
The holidays are here; mark your calen-
dar to attend our Holiday Dinner on
Tuesday evening, November 27th. Fam-
ily and friends are invited; just bring
enough food to cover these extra folks.
Again this year, we will be decorating a
room at Atalaya on Saturday, December
1st as one of our community projects.
We really need your participation. Con-
tact Crystal Lemmons for more informa-
tion. [email protected]
Our Yard Sale on October 6th was a
BIG success. We raised over $450 for
our scholarship program! Thanks for all
of you who assisted. We had a 40%
participation; we sold a lot of plants and
other stuff; and we had a great time
I hope you and your family have a joy-
ous holiday season and a happy and
healthy new year.
See you November 27th.
11/13/12 - Brookgreen Dirt 'n Details - 12
noon - Low Country Center - free with ad-
mission to the Gardens. "Identifying Common
Garden Pests" by Dr. J. C. Chong, Professor
of Entomology, Clemson University.
11/27/12- 6 pm - GSMGA Holiday Dinner.
Bring food, family, friends, food (!), and
participate in the fun. Church of Christ
Grand Strand, 2212 Glens Bay Road, S'side.
12/1/12 - Atalaya Holiday Open House.
11 am - 4 pm. (PLEASE NOTE: Crystal
Lemmons will be holding a planning
meeting soon, so email her of your in-
terest in either setting up and/or staff-
ing the room during the open house
hours.) Our room is a bedroom, so we
will be doing flower "beds" to decorate.
Set-up begins around 7 am on 12/1. Be
assertive; email Crystal [email protected]
*No GSMGA meeting in December. See
you on January 22, 2013!*
11/14 - Charlotte Powell
11/22- Wanda Hall
12/26 - Valerie Moliterno
Grand Gardeners' Gazette
Winter 2012 Issue
Grand Strand Master Gardeners Association
Horry and Georgetown Counties, SC
Shall I not rejoice also at the abundance of weeds whose seeds are the granary of the birds? Thoreau
AGENT'S CORNER...Gary Forrester
With the summer winding down and
cooler temperatures invading our gar-
dens, it is time to relax before the win-
ter gives way to spring. It will be here
before you know it. I have seen quite a
bit of disease in local lawns this fall, so
it is important to keep any disease in
your turf under control. Brown patch
quickly can get out of hand in the fall.
Remember, the healthier the grass is
going into winter dormancy, the health-
ier it will be coming out of dormancy.
Winter is also a good time to attack any
scale problems you may have on your
shrubs. Applications of a dormant oil
still remains the best control measure
for these insects.
If you are a vegetable gardener, the
use of a cover crop this winter will help
build your soil with both nutrients and
organic matter. Be sure to clean your
garden of any plant debris as this can
be a host site for insects to overwinter.
Another problem we are starting to get
calls on is the infamous kudzu bug. As
soybean fields are dying down, we are
getting calls on the bug moving to
homes. Kudzu bugs are attracted to
large white objects in the fall as a site
to overwinter. This means homes may
be invaded by large numbers. Pyrethrin
insecticides offer fairly good control.
Be sure to eliminate any avenue the bug
may use to get in the house, especially
doors, windows and chimneys. You don't
want to come home to a house full of
I hope everyone has a wonderful and
joyous holiday season and enjoys time
off from the arduous gardening chores
during the hot summer.
Editor' Note: More on the Kudzu Bug
In the event you have not seen these
Asian invaders, most recently from At-
lanta (!), Kudzu Bugs really are bugs, not
beetles, so they have pierce-sucking
mouth parts. They are about 1/6"-1/4"
long, olive-green with brown speckles.
Here's what one looks like on a dime:
and on your
and your porch post.
If you decide to
be sure to avoid
dropping on you
or objects around, so remove or cover
chairs, toys, etc. Wear protection to
keep the chemical off your skin, hair,
and eyes, and spray downwind. If the
bugs get in the house, vacuum them, but
NOT with your good vac. Use a shopvac
and do not dump them outside because
you likely will see these same guys
again. Use insecticide soap to kill them
in the canister. Last piece of advice
that I have learned is that the next
time you paint your house or buy a car,
consider something other than white!
They love it!
Resources: Clemson Factsheet/Kudzu; NCSU Insect
Note ENT/rsc-37; University of Georgia's Kudzu
DOING WHAT WE DO BEST...
The INLET SQUARE PLANT PROBLEM
CLINIC submits the following summary of
their season: The Master Gardeners started
off the season with a great program on 3/31
at Inlet Square Mall. There were about
200 people to enjoy the presentation given
by Gary Forrester, Becky Roberts, Barbara
Murray, Valerie Moliterno, Barbara Mar-
shall, and Charlie Pineda.
Our plant clinic started the following Thurs-
day, 4/5 and ended 9/27. We helped 215
people and handled 34 soil samples. Our
most-asked questions were about lawn prob-
lems on Centipede, St Augustine, and Ber-
muda grasses. We were asked to identify a
lot of weeds that people found in their
lawns. A lot were heat related issues.
We had questions about fruit trees, knock-
out roses, and various flowers and general
We were stumped on Ambrosia Beetles and
Sumac, BUT WE DID IDENTIFY DODDER!
We will be back at Inlet Square Mall on
The "Fearless 8": Joan Barnaba, Cleora
Everett, Charlie Pineda, Jean Willacy,
Judith Daugherty, Valerie Moliterno,
Gary Forrester, and Pat Hiter.
Editor's note: So, do you know dodder?
Here's a picture from the following
etc. It has
as "a plant
from a horror
uses fangs to
suck life of of
plants are suggested as resistant:
grasses, including grains such as corn;
vegetables such as lettuce, broccoli, and
cauliflower; monocots such as lilies,
irises and orchids; soybeans. But beets,
carrots, chrysanthemums, garlic, pota-
toes, eggplant and tomatoes are dodder-
susceptible! It's an annual that can stay
in the soil for more than 20 years!
If you see any, send a digital photo to
John Nelson at the USC Herbarium:
[email protected] and/or call the
Clemson Department of Plant Industry at
864-646-2130 to report the GPS site.
PREPARING FOR THE HOLIDAYS
That means decorating and cooking,
among other things. Here are some
ideas from our very own members.
Deck The Halls... Becky Roberts
It is time to
"dress" the house
for the holidays!
With a little
ideas, you can
make this task
easy and fun.
A living Christ-
mas tree is a
way to get the
most for your
money. Purchase the tree now for
decorating and add it to your landscape
later. Live trees can be used inside or
outside your home. The porch is a per-
fect place to display a live tree, but it
can be used inside up to 7-10 days with
proper care and handling. Put it in a
galvanized tub or bucket and wrap it in
burlap. KEEP IT WATERED WELL.
Decorate as usual. Red cedar, Virginia
pine, and spruce work well in this area.
Forcing bulbs is a form of Advent Calen-
dar that everyone can enjoy. Watching
the bulbs grow, and eventually bloom,
helps add to the anticipation of the long
Amaryllis bulbs make a bold and showy
statement. But allow plenty of time for
these large beauties to grow and bloom.
Generally, they need 65-70 degrees
minimum temperature and a bright room
to bloom. Rotate the container to keep
the stems from leaning toward the light.
Amaryllises may need some help standing
as they continue to grow. Bamboo
stakes or branches from your yard will
work just fine. Wrap the stakes with
twine or raffia and secure to the ama-
ryllis stem to keep the stakes straight.
I like these bulbs in terra cotta pots
and grouped for a huge bloom impact!
Narcissus papyreceus bulbs,"Paper
Whites," are easy to care for and grow.
They are frilly and lively with a fra-
grance all their own. They will liven up
those dreary days of winter! Allow 4-6
weeks for full bloom-
ing. They may be
forced in water and
in a tall cylinder
vase. Put about 2" of
or river rock in the
bottom of the con-
tainer to elevate the
bulbs. Add enough
water to cover just the bottom of the
bulb, making sure the tip of the bulb is
exposed. Putting three or four bulbs
per container works well. If you choose
a low shallow container, follow the same
directions. As the bulbs grow, tie them
together with raffia or ribbon to help
keep them upright. Place blooming con-
tainers along mantles or tables. They
look stunning massed together or march-
ing down the center to the dining table.
Bromeliads are long-lasting tropical
plants that work well at holiday time in
this area. They add a modern "twist"
to holiday decorating. Their vivid col