March 17, 1993

"Attic Flies" Common this Winter

The large, black, pesky flies that show up in bed rooms and on window sills from late fall through early spring have been very abundant this year, possibly because of the wetter than normal weather we had last summer. These flies are known as cluster flies, a name that describes their habit of clustering in large numbers inside attics.

The Biggest and the Earliest Vegetable Varieties

For many people the whole reason they garden is to have the biggest and/or earliest harvest no matter what the plant. Varietal selection plays a big role in achieving the goals of these gardeners, as does optimal growing conditions. Unfortunately we cannot control mother nature, but we can provide good soil conditions and supplemental water if needed to help the plants grow the way we desire.

Varieties to look for if earliness or size are your main goals include:

Planting Rasperries in the Home Garden

Raspberries are a favorite of many home gardeners. The fruit can be eaten fresh or processed into jam, jelly, or juice. Surplus fruit can also be frozen.

Raspberry plants are relatively easy to grow and are hardy in most areas of Iowa. They are also very productive. If given proper care, a 100-foot row of red raspberries can produce 100 to 150 pints of fruit.