Besides having all the benefits of a tree native to Indiana, the Hackberry tree contributes to the all-important efforts at biodiversity underway by arborists and gardeners. Biodiversity is important because it “hedges your bets.” In other words, when a blight or defect affects a specific species, having many other types of trees will give you better odds at having more trees unscathed.
Can be used as a tough street due to its tolerance of automobile exhaust and reduced permeable surfaces. You can see it successfully being used this way in downtown Indianapolis on Market Street, just east of Monument Circle.
Size: Grows 40’ to 60’ high and 40’ to 60’ wide, a very well-proportioned shade tree native to Indiana. It has a classic rounded shape and is great when shade is desired.
Conditions: Climate zones 2 to 9. Best in full sun, tolerates shade. Also tolerates wind, urban pollutants, and a wide range of soil conditions.
In cold weather always keep your car’s gas tank at least half full. The extra volume will help reduce moisture problems in the fuel system and can add weight to the car.
At the turn of the century the number of chimneys on a house depended on how many rooms were used in the winter. Each room was heated individually by its own fireplace.
Most plants require less water and little fertilizer as growth slows or stops in winter months.
Cardamom—dried fruit in the ginger family. It has a pungent aromatic flavor and is used in traditional medicine for a variety of conditions including sore throats, indigestion and stomach issues. Cardamom also may have antiblood-clotting effects.
Apples contain the essential trace element boron, known to strengthen bones—a good defense against osteoporosis.
Ancient Babylonians are said to have been the first people to make New Year’s resolutions some 4,000 years ago.
English Ivy is a good plant to grow in the kitchen. It helps to remove formaldehyde, a respiratory irritant, which can enter the air when you use some dishwashing liquids and disinfectants. Pressed-wood products such as cabinets and tables may also emit formaldehyde.
The sun is an incandescent ball of gases, primarily hydrogen (about 73 percent) and helium (about 25 percent). The center of the sun is roughly 27 million degrees Fahrenheit; the surface, around 10,000 degrees.
The birth flower for January is narcissus.
It’s not uncommon for your foot to increase in size by middle age or after having kids due to factors including weight gain and the natural expansion of ligaments, tendons, and other tissues.
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