Garden
Asparagus spears emerge once soil temperatures reach about 50 degrees Fahrenheit
Q. I planted a new asparagus patch last year. I just have a few spears up so far. Do you think the cold weather injured the plants this winter? Is it OK to harvest these spears? Someone told me I shouldn't harvest at all the first year.
a stink bug with yellow arrows pointing to distinguishing characteristics
A brown-colored, disgusting looking bug appeared out of nowhere in my home. It landed on a magazine I was reading. I don't care much for bugs - most of them creep me out - so, I sent my husband to throw it outside. That was a mistake. Wow did that thing ever stink. Whatever the stink was, it got on his hands and also on the magazine. I had to throw both out. My house reeked for two days and my husband for four. What was that bug and how can I not experience it again?
Bacterial leaf spot
Weeping willow, 6 years old and 9" diameter. Wet, clay ground and thriving. Suddenly, late last summer I noticed the leaves were dead, and the bark on the trunk was completely loose and falling off. Will the tree survive?
What should you be doing with your indoor plants, yard, and garden in the month of May? Rosie Lerner, Purdue Extension horticulture specialist, has a list of things to check and plan for during the first months of the year.
Salad or cocktail-size tomatoes are larger than cherry tomatoes and smaller than slicer tomatoes.
Most gardeners would agree that tomatoes are the most popular crop for home growing. But what gardeners can't agree on is what tomato is considered "the best, since taste is such a personal matter.
A maple tree with mature upright root sucker.
Q) I have a maple tree (it is either an 'October Glory' or 'Autumn Blaze') that has (what I assume to be) a rather large sucker at the bottom. The diameter of the sucker is about 2 inches, and the tree trunk is 7 inches in diameter. I have attached pictures of it from different angles. I would like to know if it is OK to remove it? I've read quite a bit about these and that late winter/early spring is a good time to remove them. - J.M., Crown Point, Indiana
Boulder Bug
Recently, the media lit up with the news that kissing bugs are loose in the United States and are spreading a horrific, tropical sickness called Chagas disease. Like most sensational news stories, the panic is overblown, and the actual risk of contracting the disease here in the Midwest is practically nonexistent.

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