January 16, 1998

Catalog of Beneficial Insect Suppliers


A useful reference for persons seriously interested in the application of beneficial organisms for the biological control of pests is the California Environmental Protection Agency publication titled, "Suppliers of Beneficial Organisms in North America." The latest revision lists 143 private, commercial suppliers that produce 130 different biological control organisms for sale. The list does not include pathogens such as bacteria, fungi, protozoans and viruses.

Starting Seedlings Indoors


For many home gardeners, it's fun to get a head start on the upcoming garden season by starting seedlings indoors. Growing quality seedlings indoors requires high quality seeds, a well-drained, disease-free growing medium, containers, proper temperature and moisture conditions, and adequate light.

Upcoming horticulture meetings


Upcoming state horticulture meetings of possible interest to HHPN readers are listed below. For additional information, contact the individual listed for each meeting.

January 26-28, 1998

Iowa Turfgrass Conference and Trade Show
Polk County Convention Complex*, Des Moines, Iowa
Program Information: Lori Westrum, (515) 232-8222