Maple and Birch Trees…  and Basil

Maple and Birch Trees… and Basil

What do you see as the pros and cons of planting maple and birch trees (as opposed to other types)? Also, should I bother planting basil in a pot from seeds, or are the seeds too hard to grow and I should just buy some in plant form? Any tips for someone who wants to grow a TON of basil?
Parsnips

Parsnips

Cactus ident?

Cactus ident?

question and unrelated pictures of roses

question and unrelated pictures of roses

What is this? … last one I promise!

What is this? … last one I promise!

Bug ID

Bug ID

Zone-6  a question of leaf identification.

Zone-6 a question of leaf identification.