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Start seeds of warm-season plants, including tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, marigolds, zinnias and petunias, indoors for transplanting later to the garden.
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Now's a good time to survey your landscape and decide what needs pruning following potential freeze injury late this winter, keeping in mind that not all plants need to be trimmed. Pruning generally stimulates new buds to develop and break dormancy, so this year we recommended delaying pruning to reduce freeze injury.
Purdue Extension will host a webinar covering the keys to success for small-scale horticulture businesses. The webinar is free and will be presented March 29, 11 a.m. to noon. Registration is required.
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I don't know about you, but growing up, I was unfamiliar with the term "distance education." In fact, my 1961 edition of Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary - a Christmas gift from my parents during my freshman year of college - doesn't even include the concept.
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Q. We have fruit trees, including Yellow Delicious, Red Delicious, McIntosh and Northern Spy. We use an all-purpose spray. The Northern Spy has very large apples, and they all rot. This past season, we didn't get one good apple from it although it was loaded. What spray could we use for this, and what is this disease called? - W.F., Portland, Ind.
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After two months of unusually warm conditions throughout Indiana, state climatologists based at Purdue University believe temperatures will slowly return to seasonal norms over the next month, which is good news for fruit growers and home gardeners concerned that their plants might be emerging too quickly.
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Begin fertilizing houseplants as new growth appears. Keep spent leaves and flowers removed to improve appearance and encourage more blooms.

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