Magnolia image by Grigoriev Vitalii from Fotolia.comThe Chinese magnolia tree (Magnolia x soulangiana) is a deciduous, flowering tree. Also called the Japanese or saucer magnolia, this spring-blooming tree can reach a height and width of 25 feet, according to North Carolina State University. Care of these adaptable, easy-to-grow trees does not go beyond basic cultural practices, making them a terrific choice for beginning home gardeners who want a beautiful specimen or shade tree.
Santy Gibson/Demand MediaRich in potassium, nitrogen and phosphorus, grass clippings make an excellent fertilizer for gardens and lawns, and they& 39;re free. As grass clippings break down and decompose, they also provide nourishment to helpful soil bacteria, keeping your garden beautiful and strong.
Close up of a white pine tree image by Jackie Smithson from Fotolia.comThe northeastern United States belongs to the deciduous forest biome, and the plants you will find there fit the expectations for that environment. You won& 39;t find succulents, tropical plants or plants associated with the tundra and alpine environments, but you will find an array of deciduous trees, conifers and understory plants.
Sarah Vantassel/Demand MediaBird& 39;s nest fern (Asplenium nidus) earned its name with the whorled habit of its foliage, which resembles a bird nest. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 9 to 12, but is more commonly grown as a potted houseplant. Bird& 39;s nest ferns are largely self-sufficient and suffer few serious problems.
Arinahabich/iStock/Getty ImagesCarrots (Daucus carota var. sativus) are ready for harvesting when they& 39;re about 1/2 inch thick, but you can also harvest tender baby carrots. You can harvest carrots all at once, or as needed, as long as all the carrots are harvested before the weather warms up in spring.
Troubleshooting a gas lawnmower engine isn& 39;t difficult. If you have spark and gas, the problem could be a blocked fuel line or fuel system. If the fuel system is clear, you may need to take your carburetor in for service. Checking and clearing your fuel line is not hard.Put on eye protection. This is an essential step.
Pinto beans grow on a lush, green plant from seed planted in a garden. Request untreated seeds for a student to use for the project. The student can take photos to record each stage of the bean, from seed to planting on to emerging seedling and a maturing plant.Place enough clean stones to cover the bottom of a sterile plant pot or window box.
Azalea image by fabiomarc from Fotolia.comHundreds of plants are poisonous for the Russian tortoise (Agrionemys horsfieldii), and some of them are rarer than others. Russian tortoises are grazers that eat mostly broadleaf plants and weeds, making the identification of poisonous plants extremely important to the tortoise’s health and well-being.
Hibiscus image by photlook from Fotolia.comIt is possible that early settlers in the Philippines from China, India, Indonesia and Malaysia brought with them plants and flowers now considered native to the Philippines. However, there are selected flowers that most botanists concur are indigenous to islands such as Mindanao and its coastal settlements like Davao and Zamboanga.
White bouganvillea image by 2roxfox from Fotolia.comBougainvillea is one of the most popular plants both in the South, where it blooms all year long, and in the northern half of the United States, where it is a prolific bloomer in spring and summer. A native of the Brazilian coast, bougainvillea was introduced to the rest of the world by a French botanist who named that plant after his friend, Captain Louis de Bougainville.
Onions image by Maria Brzostowska from Fotolia.comSmall immature onion bulbs, called onion sets, are planted in the spring to produce large onions in the fall. Both require the same soil preparation and basic care.Select a growing site that receives at least six to eight hours of direct sunlight per day.
Expert composters desiring to produce finished compost faster turn to compost activators and accelerators to jump-start the microbial activity. These activators and accelerators operate by simultaneously increasing the number of decomposing bacteria at work on your compost waste and providing extra nitrogen, which encourages bacterial growth and reproduction.
Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty ImagesEven in a harsh climate, many creatures call it home. The desert& 39;s numerous little citizens are busy making the most of their environment, which has many daytime summer temperatures above 100 degrees F (38C) and below-freezing winter nights.Two Nevada DesertsNevada& 39;s two major desert regions are the Great Basin Desert in the northern three-quarters of the state, and the Mojave Desert in the lower tip, below an extended line of Utah& 39;s southern border (37th parallel).
Ra3rn/iStock/Getty ImagesSmall in size and big in color, geraniums (Pelargonium spp.) are cheery flowers that are generally low-maintenance and trouble-free. Telltale symptoms of insect damage include holes in leaves, flowers and buds, failure to flower, distorted leaves or a sticky black residue. Although insects may feast on them, deer usually leave geraniums alone.
Garden in summer image by Scott Latham from Fotolia.comA short growing season and frigid winters make greenhouse gardening in the state of Minnesota an idea worth considering. Using a greenhouse to get a head start on the growing season is one reason to consider a greenhouse. Greenhouses also offer a solution if you want to enjoy vegetables or gardening all year-round.
How to Starch a Crocheted Snowflake. Glue or starch stiffens these miniature doilies.Crochet the snowflake ornament following a pattern from a craft book or magazine.Prepare a solution of laundry starch and water according to the manufacturer& 39;s directions or mix half fabric glue and half water. If desired, add glitter or sugar for sparkle.
Champ cultivÃ© image by Christophe Fouquin from Fotolia.comYou can use cultivators to prepare your gardens. Choose a cultivator based on the size of your garden.FunctionMost gardeners will need a small engine-powered or hand powered cultivator for small gardens. These cultivators can rip out weeds with shallow roots and they can break up hard soil.
Greenhouse image by ann triling from Fotolia.comGreenhouses offer an effective method to grow vegetation throughout the year. Many of these can be used in conjunction with one another.PitsGreenhouses can be placed in the ground in the form of a dugout pit. The walls of the greenhouse are compacted dirt, and the roof is made from heat-gathering material such as solar panels, framed plastic sheeting or glazed windows.
A weeping rose tree, or rose standard, is comprised of several roses grafted together along a central stalk or cane. A weeping rose tree is a gorgeous addition to any backyard garden but cannot handle freezing temperatures in the northern parts of the United States. To maintain these beautiful ornamental roses, the gardener must plan for the plant& 39;s needs and protect it from the elements.
Both bacterial and fungal diseases can affect euonymus shrubs. Identifying the exact disease will help you determine the appropriate course of action.Powdery MildewPowdery mildew causes the growth of white or gray fungus on the upper sides of the leaves of infected euonymus shrubs. Leaves sometimes turn yellow and drop from the shrub.
Bouvardia is a genus of tender flowering perennial shrubs native to the Sonoran desert of Mexico. Bouvardia blooms from the summer through the winter and is hardy in USDA zones 9 through 11. Patience and attention are the watchwords when planting bouvardia because it has a reputation of being somewhat finicky to grow.