Garlic damaged by the stem and bulb (bloat) nematode (Ditylenchus dipsaci) on the left and a healthy bulb on the right. Photo by Christy Hoepting.

Garlic damaged by the stem and bulb (bloat) nematode (Ditylenchus dipsaci) on the left and a healthy bulb on the right. Photo by Christy Hoepting.

Scientists tackle threat to New York’s garlic industry [Cornell Chronicle, November 2, 2011] – First spotted by Cornell Cooperative Extension vegetable specialist Christy Hoepting in Orleans County in June 2010, the microscopic stem and bulb (bloat) nematode (Ditylenchus dipsaci) has now been identified in garlic seed and soil samples from 17 New York counties.

In Combo of leaves, wet snow, ice is too much for many trees [lohud.com, October 31, 2011], Nina Bassuk describes the late October snowstorm “a recipe for real damage.” She explains: “If the leaf isn’t ready to break off, it acts just like a sail. The rain we’ve had kept the leaves on longer. The weight on the leaves really strains the limbs.”

Better Late Than Never [The Free Press, November 2, 2011] reports on Bill Miller‘s experiments with top-planting tulips — shallow rototilling of a planting area, placing the bulbs on the soil, then covering with mulch.

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