The crew of SCETV’s “Making It Grow!” was in Aiken on Thursday morning filming a segment at Cold Creek Nurseries, which will run on the local educational channel some time in June or July.


“We do about 40 episodes during the course of the year,” said Sean Flynn, of Clemson University, who produces the show. “Cooperative extension agents are live in the studio to answer questions, but each show features a taped segment. We try to highlight unique places, nurseries, garden centers and farms.”


Amanda McNulty, a Clemson University extension agent, serves as the show’s host.


Viewers generally call in with simplistic questions, McNulty said.


“They’re usually people who’ve moved to South Carolina but are baffled by the changes in temperature and climate, and because it’s a whole different way of gardening,” said McNulty. “A lot of it is educating people and letting them know what resources are available.”


Soil preparation in South Carolina, particularly in the Midlands, is very important, McNulty said.


“People come from places where they have really rich soil, so when they’re down here, especially in a place like Aiken, soil is a bit of a challenge because there’s not much but sand and red clay,” she said.


Gardeners should be vigilant and stay on top of potential problems, McNulty said.


The show also places an emphasis on motivating people to have an environmentally sensitive approach to gardening and recognizing the importance of water conservation.


“People who have disease and pest problems don’t realize it until they’ve gone kind of far,” said McNulty. “So, we encourage people to be proactive in scouting their gardens and finding things early; and then you’re able to do something that has a very light footprint.”


“Making It Grow!” airs live on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. on SCETV, with replays at 8 p.m. on the SC Channel and Saturdays at 3:30 p.m. on the SC Channel.


For more information, visit scetv.org.


Ben Baugh has been covering the equine industry and equestrian sport for the Aiken Standard since 2004.