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The Aucuba japonica is a woody shrub that has the common names of spotted laurel and Japanese laurel, among others. It thrives in U.S. Department of Agriculture zones 7b through 10a and reaches heights of 6 feet. The plant is an evergreen that grows slowly, forming an oval shape as it matures. If ne
Pecans grow well in the southern portions of the United States, with the state of Georgia producing more than 50 percent of the entire U.S. crop. Neighboring Florida also produces an abundance of pecans averaging around 5 to 10 million lbs. yearly, according to the University of Florida. Most pecan
Fava beans -- also called broad beans -- are European in origin, but are well-adapted to Wisconsin's climate. Similar in appearance to green beans, they are hardy, and grow best in cool weather.
Home gardeners who grow herbs and want to expand beyond herb pots may use raised beds. Raised beds for herbs provide a larger growing space, and you may design a raised bed to containing all your herbs. Raised beds also tend to have good drainage. While you can make a bed any size you want, it's bes
Organic fruit is grown naturally, without the help of artificial fertilizer or genetic engineering.organic apples image by Jovan Nikolic from Fotolia.comOrganic fruit is defined as fruit grown without genetic engineering or synthetic or artificial fertilizer, according to...
Both insect pests and plant diseases can affect the health and productivity of plum trees. After you go to the expense and trouble of buying and planting a fruit tree, it can be disappointing when things go wrong and the tree doesn’t meet your expectations. Neem oil can help. When this tropica
Find coral honeysuckle and red-throated hummingbird in your Maryland garden.honeysuckle image by Jackie DeBusk from Fotolia.comThe diverse geology, hydrology and land formation in Maryland provide a desirable ecosystem for over 3,000 species of plant life. The rich soil of the state's...
Elegant yellow trumpet-shaped blooms that brighten any garden, Stella Dora (or Stella de Oro) lilies are a popular variety. Plant them along a sunny sidewalk or in a garden bed filled with other colorful flowers that bloom in the spring. Caring for them doesn’t require a lot of work. They need
The lollipop Gerbera is a hybrid of the common South African daisy. It has a huge flower with double interior petals of a slightly darker hue than the large outside petals. Gerberas are 2.5 to 4 inches across and the lollipop series comes in fun colors like strawberry and pineapple. The stems are st
Window boxes add a burst of living color to small spaces. Typical placement of window boxes would be on the exterior wall of your home under your windows, on the top or side of a deck or along the edge of wooden fences. Fill window boxes with well-draining soil that is rich in organic matter, then m
Tomato plants that are determinate don't need tomato cages for support.tomato plants image by JLycke from Fotolia.comTomato plants are the most common garden plants in America, according to the University of Illinois. Tomato plants that are determinate will form a flowering cluster at the...
Nematodes are simple, multicell animals--the most plentiful on earth. There are approximately 20,000 species of nematodes ranging in size from a fraction of a millimeter to several meters long. Their impact on crops can be positive or negative, depending upon circumstances. Some species...
With its fragrant flowers and sweet sap, honeysuckle has long been a summer favorite with children and grownups alike. What children don't understand is that honeysuckle vine (Lonicera spp.) has become an invasive and damaging exotic weed in North America. Quickly climbing over structures and other
Tango weigela (Weigela florida 'Tango'), also called cardinal shrub, is a low-growing, ornamental that reaches heights of only 24 to 30 inches. It has medium or deep green leaves and an upright growth habit. This shrub produces large, reddish-pink flower clusters in spring. It does best in full sun,
The Japanese Maple tree came form Japan, China and Korea. It was first introduced to England and the United States in the early 1800s. A Japanese Maple varieties can range from a small bonsai to 50 feet in height. They make a great addition to your landscape, whether planted in the ground of kept in
The many types of eucalyptus trees (Eucalyptus spp.) that grow throughout much of California and other regions of the western United States originally came from Tasmania and Australia. Though it grows in a wide range of sizes, shapes and colors, the many types of eucalyptus trees all emit a gum-like
Obtaining fresh water through desalination is energy intensive, marking the need for alternatives.long beach harbor image by windzepher from Fotolia.comDesalination is an energy-intensive process used to produce fresh drinking water from sea water. It relies on the use of membranes and...
Sixteen essential elements give a vegetable garden the nutrients for proper growth and crop production, according to Ohio State University Extension. Soil provides macro-nutrients and micro-nutrients, or the gardener will add organic materials or fertilizer to rebuild depleted sources.