A Web Page of Your Own And Let the Loquats Breathe

Q. In the Sept. 28 issue of the Monitor, Page 11, there is mention of a student who has his own Web page, complete with rsum, autobiography, etc. My question is, how does one go about getting a Web page, to whom does one write, what is the cost, and any other information related to how one gets online in this personal way.

- M.L.P.,

Madison, Wis.

A. You first need to get online by subscribing to an Internet service. You can do this through a local Internet access company or a larger provider such as America Online (AOL) or Netcom. For a monthly fee, usually under $20, you can get a package of services, including e-mail, Internet access, and often a program that enables you to design a Web page and provides space for it on a server - this makes your Web page available for others to see.

Tom Regan, editor of the e-Monitor, the Monitor's electronic version, says that it's getting easier for people to create their own Web pages. Until recently, a person would have needed to know how to write "code," the hypertext markup language (known as html) that makes a Web page function.

Now, people who want to make their own splash on the World Wide Web can do so without knowing a single line of code. In addition to the easy, fill-in-the-blanks programs offered by Internet service providers, serious Web page designers can buy an Adobe Pagemill or Microsoft Front Page program for about $100, which will guide them through the steps in building a Web page. Both types allow you to upload images as well as text.

Q. We have a problem with our loquat bushes [a type of citrus] here in Georgia. They have yellow leaves with black spots. How should we handle this?

- S.S.,

Albany, Ga.

A. "You're dealing with a leaf-spot fungus known as entomosporium," says Brandy Cowley, owner of Just Fruits, a citrus nursery in Crawfordville, Fla. "It's caused by too much moisture and is prevalent in humid climates. We've found the most effective, least environmentally invasive solution is liquid copper, which is sold by various brand names. Or you can use Bordeaux, a copper and lime spray.

"Use the spray when the leaves put out a new flush. This is a stubborn fungus, so you have to spray every new flush of growth (there are two to three flushes per year, depending on location) until the leaf spot is gone."

Loquat is an ornamental fruit tree with broad leaves and fragrant blossoms. It produces 10 to 25 fruits that look like large apricots. It is also popular among landscapers as a tropical hedge. "This fungus is often the result of limited air circulation," says Ms. Cowley. "It pays to thin the branches and let the sunlight in to dry the leaves."

Readers: Pose your questions and we'll seek out experts on home repairs, gardens, food, and family legal issues. Send queries to the Homefront Editor, The Christian Science Monitor, One Norway Street, Boston, MA 02115 or e-mail home@csps.com.

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