Growing edible plants, shrubs, and trees for your health   (What foods provide you with what minerals and vitamins)


Individuals, Families and Children Are Encouraged To Plantedibles


Looking to get started with a new project, or adding to your landscaping with edible plants, bushes, and trees contact Rita Bachmann 843-608-8415. Garden Consultation - Garden Design + Installation - Garden Education and Maintenance or email her at 

Teachers: Pre-school through College


Planting edibles empower children when you incorporate math, science, social skills, nutrition awareness, healthy diet habits, marketing and selling the harvests adds entrepreneurial skills.  Find out about GROWING WELL

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. 

Landscapers, Contractors, Builders, Multiple Housing Designers


From soil enrichment, fertilizing, bulk orders, special orders, to sustainable landscaping with edibles. Find out more about Growing in CHARLESON from   and

Those Interested in Community Gardens can start them under Power Lines and Green Spaces


Fall, Winter, Early Spring:

  • Acorn squash 
  • Asparagus
  • Avocado on the south side of your place
  • Beets - juice the greens
  • Bok Choy
  • Broccoli 
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Butternut squash 
  • Cauliflower 
  • Cabbage (red and green)
  • Carrots 
  • Celery
  • Chard (Ruby is Great)
  • Chives
  • Collards (despine roll and saute' in garlic and olive oil)
  • Dandelion Greens
  • Fennel
  • Kale
  • Lettuce 
  • Parsley (per ounces the highest nutritional value)
  • Parsnips
  • Peppers (red, green, yellow
  • Pumpkins 
  • Mustard Greens
  • Radishes   (Watermelon)
  • Spaghetti squash 
  • Spinach 
  • Tomatoes  
  • Zucchini

Planting on the south side of your home or by your dry vent keeps special things warm even in the winter!

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Researchers have discovered10 that a gene called T-bet — which is essential for producing critical immune cells in your gut — is activated by leafy green vegetables.

These immune cells, called Innate lymphoid cells (ILCs), reside in the lining of your digestive tract, and ILCs are thought to be essential for:11

  • Maintaining balance between tolerance, immunity and inflammation in your body
  • Producing interleukin-22 (IL-22), a hormone that can protect your body from pathogenic bacteria
  • Maintaining healthy intestinal balance by promoting growth of beneficial bacteria and healing small wounds and abrasions in the gut
  • Helping resolve cancerous lesions and prevent the development of bowel cancers
  • Preventing food allergies, inflammatory diseases, and obesity

Fermented foods are also some of the best chelators and detox agents available, meaning they can help rid your body of a wide variety of toxins, including heavy metals. 

Non-Profits, Churches, Youth Groups, Clubs and Organizations are Harvesting


 SPROUTS - a living food with amazing health benefits.  How to grow your own at home....


Broccoli: known to have anti-cancer properties, courtesy of the enzyme "sulforaphane"

Alfalfa: a significant dietry source of phytoestrogens. Also a good source of vitamins A, B, C, D, E, F, and K

Wheat grass: high in Vitamins B, C, E and many minerals

Mung bean: good source of protein, fiber, vitamin C and A

Clover: significant source of isoflavones

Lentil sprouts: contain 26 percent protein, and can be eaten without cooking

Sunflower: contains, minerals, healthy fats, essential fatty acids, fiber, and phytosterols. It's also one of the highest in protein

Pea shoots: good source of vitamins A, C and folic acid and one of the highest in protein

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How children can become involved in Health and Nutrition Ed.


Health and Nutrition Research continues to document the significant health benefits of eating fruits and vegetables, and yet most children do not eat the recommended daily amount. Growing fruits and vegetables in the school garden improves students’ attitudes toward these healthy foods and motivates reluctant eaters to try them. You can use the garden as a hands-on tool to teach nutrition lessons, including the importance of fruits and vegetables and proper food preparation techniques. 

Specific activity ideas: 

• Compare the importance of nutrients in the health of humans and of plants. • Study the nutritional value of the various crops in your garden. 

• Identify the parts of the plant represented by common fruits and vegetables. 

• Discuss the difference in nutritional value of various plant parts. 

• Study adaptations of plant parts that make them good food sources. 

• Sprout various seeds for eating. 

• Conduct a blindfolded taste test using classroom-grown vegetables and supermarket vegetables. 

• Experiment with food preservation techniques, such as drying, freezing, and canning. 

• Grow a salad garden and give students a chance to sample the harvest with a salad party. 

• Invite a grocery store employee to talk to the class about where their products come from. 

• Visit a local farm.

 • Create brochures with information on daily food intake recommendations.

 • Plan a day’s menu that includes all components of a balanced diet. 

• Keep food journals that highlight how many fruits and vegetables are eaten and describe any new produce tried. 

START A SEED BANK GO TO A LOCAL GROCERY STORE AND ASK THEM TO SAVE ALL SEEDS/SHOOTS/TOPS OF PINEAPPLE, BEETS, or  GINGER ROOT, and TUMERIC ROOT. Rather than throw out old produce that have seeds ask them to place in a recycle seed bank container - like a composting container behind their store for people to use to start their own gardens at schools, in neighbor community gardens or for organizations to stop food shortages.


Find out more

How to plant seeds video -

Jiffy Planting Trays, Mini- Greenhouses and Refill Trays with Peat Pellets and how to reuse them !

Build a shopping list to plan out your garden

Jiffy Planting Trays, Mini- Greenhouses and Refill Trays with Peat Pellets and how to reuse them !

Build a shopping list to plan out your garden

RESOURCES: When to grow what and how to maintain (link at top of page)

Clemson Extension Center's HGIC offers you a wealth of information view vegetable, fruits and nuts and Vegetables Gardens.Learn about 4-H including youth at Gardening program for adults at     What can you plant in your garden?

HAVE A QUESTION?  The HGIC staff of horticulture Extension agents and food safety specialists are available to answer questions via their toll-free number, 1-888-656-9988 (South Carolina residents only), between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. You can also email for questions answered by our agents. Please include in which county you live, for us to better answer your questions. Non-residents of South Carolina can locate their local County Extension Office here.

Problems in your garden? Bug? Soil? Leaf?

Charleston Herbal Society  Charleston meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at the educational center of the Charleston Horticultural Society, 46 Windermere Blvd., Charleston from 6:00-7:30 pm.   Bring Your Own Cup to sample teas, and if it is possible, please bring an herbal food or drink to share.  

Charleston Horticultural Society


CHARLESTON HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY"S MOBILE GARDENERS helps children with disabilities cultivate life skills through gardening

Learn More at Trident Technical Colleges Continuing Education Program 

Take a class and learn more: Landscape Design; Rain Gardens; Outdoor Survival  Basics; Sacred Space for Healing and Mediation; Homeopathic Properties of Herbs in Backyards;  Fall Container Gardens and Window Boxes; Healthy Mind, Body, and Spirit through Food; Composting; Unusual and Interesting Container Gardens; Citrus in the Southeast with the Citrus Guy; Make-It-Take-It Worm Bins, and more. Remember if you are over 60 your classes are free!

Need help constructing your preschool, school garden, or community garden?

 We hope you enjoy our site and will come back soon as more helpful information comes on-line each week. Have a big edible garden community project on James Island and need the help of Citadel Cadets? Email Christina Arnold at   or find her link at ...



Hyams Garden Center can help get started planting edibles


Hyams Garden Center strives to have the highest quality and widest selection of unique plants. Don't see what you want?  Hyams will place a special order just for you! They are located at 870 Folly Road Charleston, SC. 29412 

Hyams has professional to teach you to plant and grow small edible plants, vines, shrubs, bushes, and trees!


Choose from herbs, kale, and Swiss chard, to blueberry bushes, grape vines, citrus, olive and nut trees!  You can phone them at 843-762-1595 or 843-795-5523 

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Find the perfect soil, fertilizers, root stimulator, watering supplies, or miniature gardens for children and small homes, apartments or condo's.  Visit them at or Email 




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You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands; You shall be happy and it shall be well with you. Psalm 128.2


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