August 13, 2008

Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic Update - August 13, 2008


The following are a few of the problems among the dozens of samples received the past two weeks.

Diseases and Disorders

Heirloom Tomatoes For the Home Garden


What is an heirloom tomato? These tomatoes are often the most anticipated of tomato varieties grown in home gardens each summer. But how do they get the name heirloom, you might ask? Heirloom tomatoes have been passed down from generation to generation. But unlike antique cars, it's not necessary for cultivars to have been grown 100, 50, or even 25 years ago to earn an heirloom designation. Instead, all heirlooms are open-pollinated cultivars, not hybrids. This means the seed can be saved and replanted each year.

Yellowjacket Wasps Are Making Their Presence Known


Yellowjacket wasps are the size and shape of honey bees (about 1/2 inch long).

Ground Beetle Invaders


Large black beetles found indoors at this time of the year are often ground beetles that have wandered inside by accident. Ground beetles are harmless. They do not attack people, pets, structures or household contents. They are an annoyance because of their presence.