If your species isn't listed, Horticulture magazine suggests visiting www.forestry.about.com/od/silviculture/a/Estimating-A-Trees-Age.htm. Many more species are listed on this site.
New rain barrels
This email came recently from Bosmere Inc., introducing a new type of rain barrel:
"The purpose of a rain barrel is brilliant: Capture rainfall (save money, conserve water!), and use it when and where you need it. Yet many gardeners forgo them. Why? Access and appearance. It's not always easy to draw the water from them, and they're not especially attractive.
"Those problems are solved with the Pop-Up Rain Barrel. It's made of flexible, puncture-resistant, laminated polyester, so it's durable. Yet it collapses so that it can be easily stored flat when not in use.
"Unlike traditional rain barrels, this one has a mesh top that can be zipped open for dipping a bucket or watering can and then closed again to keep out debris. Or use the on/off spigot to attach a hose. The barrel holds 50 gallons of water, and at only 32 inches high by 25 inches wide, it can be tucked under downspouts even in tight spots."
The barrels are available at www.bosmereusa.com for $95.
Reach Sara Busse at sara.bu...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1249.