Thursday, August 14, 2014
Owners of Inlet Culinary Garden in Murrells Inlet, Kris Reynolds and Pete Gerace, help the public find ways to naturally control pests while growing healthy plants.
“We specialize in herbs and other types of edible landscape including blueberries, raspberries, kiwis, pomegranates, citrus trees and more,” said Reynolds, who also works with the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR).
“We also let people know about beneficial insects like lady bugs, lace wings, hover flies and parasitic wasps.”
He said he and Gerace, who opened the business in 2006, urge people to use these natural ways to reduce species that eat the plants.
They also let people know that certain beneficial plants like aphids attract beneficial insects.
“It is called companion gardening,” Reynolds said.
“Beneficial plants attract pollinators like bees, flies, butterflies and humming birds.”
He added that they only sell plants, trees and herbs that will grow in this area.
“I grew up in Michigan and Lilacs were big up there,” Reynolds said.
“But most of them don’t grow down here. We try to educate people about what they shouldn’t plant in addition to what they should.”
Also on the “don’t” list are invasive plants like Kudzu, which spreads very quickly and can take over a garden.
“The Clemson University Extension puts out a list of invasive species and we let customers know about these plants that will take over,” Reynolds said.
“We don’t carry any of those plants.”
Inlet Culinary Garden is located at 5071 Highway 17 Bypass in Murrells Inlet.
For more information, call 843-357-1194, or visit the Facebook page.