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The Bradford pear tree produces flowers in early spring.pear tree blossom and leaves image by hazel proudlove from Fotolia.comBradford pear trees (Pyrus calleryana 'Bradford') are a popular ornamental tree choice, although they only live 15 to 20 years. They grow rapidly, tolerate urban...
Pin oak (Quercus palustris), a deciduous tree from the beech family, is one of the most popular ornamental trees in the Midwest and eastern United States. The pin oak's fibrous root system makes it easy to transplant, and thereby inexpensive to propagate. Native to North America, the pin oak i
When you grow potatoes in garden soil, not only must you spend a lot of time preparing the soil and fertilizing, but when harvest time arrives, you must laboriously dig up your potatoes. The danger of slicing them with your shovel exists, and then you must wash the soil from each potato. Avoid all t
Hearing the buzzing of a bee can give you goosebumps. Having a beehive in an attic crawlspace can be even more terrifying. Beehives contain hundreds of bees. You can avoid attracting bees by regularly cleaning your home and putting lids on garbage cans. If bees do establish a hive in your home, you
Boxwoods (Buxus spp.) are evergreen shrubs that come in a range of sizes and are widely used for creating hedges. The plants are hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture zones 5 to 8 and thrive in a neutral to acidic soil. Slow-growing boxwoods respond well to pruning and are poorly tolerant of cold
There are several species of birch trees, all of them having leaves that grow in an alternating pattern on branches that may reach skyward or hang toward the ground. All birch leaves unfurl green in the spring and blaze gold in the fall. But as much as they are alike, each species' leaves are slight
The main ingredient of aspirin is acetylsalicylic acid, which is related to salicyclic acid. Salicyclic acid occurs naturally in many plants. According to Papillion's Art Palace, plants that were attacked by a disease produced more salicyclic acid to combat the illness. Aspirin that is placed in a
The two main varieties of persimmon trees in the United States are the American persimmon and the Oriental persimmon. Both types are fairly easy to grow. Persimmon trees usually bear fruit between the ages of three and five years. However, some trees don't bear any fruit for seven years.
Growing your own food is possible even if you have limited space. With a method called "square-foot gardening," you can grow many plants in a small space. With this method, one 4- by 4-foot plot can grow enough vegetables to feed most people.
Eucalyptus cinerea, also called the Argyle apple or silver dollar tree, is a tree native to Australia that grows to 10 feet tall. It bears aromatic, coin-shaped leaves in a silvery bluish-green color and small white flowers in the spring. Eucalyptus cinerea is hardy in USDA hardiness zones 8 to 11.
Garden peas do best when the weather is cool and soil temperatures are approximately 45 degrees F. In areas with moderate to mild summers, sow the peas directly into the garden. In regions with very warm summer weather, though, the plants do best if they are started indoors during late winter. This
You do not need large areas for fresh vegetables. If you only have a patio or balcony, raise easy to grow vegetables in planters. Choose a location with full sun and a handy water source. There are several vegetables easy to grow in planters. The Virginia Cooperative Extension, in...
Japanese maple (Acer palmatum) is a small, ornamental tree beloved for its delicate, lacy leaves and wide spectrum of red leaf color in fall. Best when grown where it can get shelter from strong winds and afternoon sun, Japanese maple is generally a healthy, disease-resistant tree. While its natural
Topiary is an ancient art form that is made by manipulating shrubbery and trees into creative shapes. The practice dates back at least 2000 years. Pliny the Younger wrote about it, and Queen Elizabeth I encouraged the practice during her reign. It became popular again in the 1700s and during the Vic
Native to Italy and other European nations, Italian stone pine (Prunus pinea) grows selectively in U.S. Department of Agriculture 7A to 11. The tree can reach up to 80 or 100 feet in height, but more often tops out around 40 feet. Notable features include its ability to produce pine nuts -- it's one