July 16, 1999

Sprouting an Avocado Seed


Avocados have increased in popularity over the last few years. They are used in salads, dips, etc. Inside there is an added bonus. The pit or seed can be sprouted. The result is an interesting and attractive houseplant.

Leaf Blight on Austrees


Austree, a hybrid willow, is sometimes used in windbreaks, hedges, or as a shade tree. They have become popular because of their ability to grow fast, advertised as growing up to 15 feet per year. But with the good growth come the price homeowners have to deal with, a destructive leaf blight disease caused by the fungus Venturia saliciperda.

Drying Hot Peppers


Hot peppers vary tremendously in size, shape, color, and pungency or heat. They can be eaten fresh, used in sauces, pickled, frozen, or dried.