December 12, 2004

HHPN Going to Electronic Format

The Horticulture and Home Pest News from Iowa State University Extension began as a spin off of the Insect Weed and Plant Disease Newsletter in 1987. Since then, our promise to you -- to provide timely horticultural information -- has been delivered in the same format: a printed newsletter mailed to you through the U.S. Postal Service. In 1993, we began archiving the newsletter on the World Wide Web, where readers could view the latest issue on-line or retrieve articles using either a keyword search or subject matter index.

Horticultural Meetings

Upcoming horticulture meetings of possible interest to HHPN readers are listed below. For additional information, contact the individual or visit the Web site listed for each meeting. January 7-8, 2005
Great Plains Vegetable Conference and Trade Show
Ramada Inn, 4016 Frederick Street, St. Joseph, Missouri
Program Information: Hank Taber (515) 294-0025

Seed Catalogs

While it's not officially winter yet, seed catalogs have begun arriving in the mail and gardeners are already making plans for 2005. Gardeners can purchase seeds at local garden centers and mail-order companies. Most mail-order seed companies will automatically send catalogs to individuals who have purchased products from their business in recent years. New customers can obtain catalogs by mail or computer via the web. Most catalogs are free.

Rhizosphaera Needle Cast

The Iowa State University Plant Disease Clinic has received several samples this year of spruce with brown, drying needles. In many cases, the cause of the needle browning was Rhizosphaera needle cast, a common fungal disease.