Friday, April 22, 2011

Plant a Tree!

Earlier this week I went into town with Crsytal, loo, and beri. The municipality was giving out baby trees to celebrate Earth Day. Crystal and I each decided to take one home. Also, last Saturday Sarah posted her third 'Grow Challenge'. I was hoping to make something fun, like play-dough, because my mom and I used to make it when I was little. However, there just hasn't been the time, and Reggie and I are headed to the cottage this afternoon for a couple days. And then I remembered, when I was a little girl the school I attended often gave out trees, or tree seeds packed in peat. And then the memory train started to roll.. My mother loves to garden and she was always working in the garden. I had some interest when I was young, and one year she let me have my own vegetable garden. I seem to recall eating carrots before they were big enough to really be carrots. And since it is (supposed to be) Spring, I thought it appropriate that my creation be planting the tree that I brought home. Wow, that was quite the explanation.

So in celebration of Spring, Earth Day, Sarah's Grow Challenge and my fond memories: How to Plant a Tree :)

I decided to plant the tree in a pot, just until it gets a little bigger and I find the perfect location in the yard. Or, I might perhaps leave it as a potted tree and use it as a Christmas Tree!
If there is no hole in your pot, line the bottom with small rocks, coniferous trees like well drained soil, and this will help the roots from sitting in water and rotting.
Add about 1/3 of the total soil required and a little water, and then holding the tree gently add the remaining soil until the roots are covered completely.
Press the soil down gently, and then water thoroughly.
This is a very small pot for a tree. It was all I had on hand at the time, I will likely re-pot it in a week or so.

How are you celebrating Earth Day?

3 comments:

  1. Awww I love it! Growing trees is a childhood thing for me too, I remember plant lots of trees and flowers in my yard with my dad as a kid and going to lots and buying new trees.

    It's funny when Sarah and I were deciding what to do for this prompt she said we should have grow something and I was kind of iffy on it because I don't have the time nor resources. But you grew something anyways!

    Happy Earth day!

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  2. Aww, that is awesome Margot!!! I had a precious little tree I planted in kindergarten - most definitely a part of my youth too!

    I'm glad you posted instructions, I think I'll have to plant one when the weather warms up a bit.

    Thanks for playing along. ♥

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  3. I love the rock tip! My husband's birthday is on Earth Day so I always feel like I don't do anything "earthy" (like planting a tree) because it's always filled with other festivities. Maybe I should make my OWN earth day!

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