February 11, 2005

Two Common Houseplant Diseases


Powdery mildew is a common disease affecting many different houseplants, including jade plant, African violet, begonia, kalanchoe, and others. Powdery mildew appears as a white, dusty growth on the surfaces of leaves. The growth may appear in circular spots that coalesce or may cover the entire surface of the leaf. Severely affected leaves may be distorted.

Spring Pruning of Raspberries


Proper pruning of raspberries is essential. Pruning produces higher yields, helps control diseases, and facilitates harvesting and other maintenance chores. Pruning procedures are based on the growth and fruiting characteristics of the plants.

Guide to Starting Vegetable Transplants


Vegetable Germination
Temperature ( F) Number of Days
to Germination Day Growing
Temperature ( F) Sowing to Planting
Time (Weeks) Broccoli 70-80 5-6 60-65 5-7 Brussels Sprouts 70-80 5-6 60-65 5-7 Cabbage 70-80 5-6 60-65 5-7 Cauliflower 70-80 5-6 60-65 5-7