If you’ve been reading this little space of mine (I can never thank you enough for those that take the time to stop by) then you know that we have Christmas trees on our property. Having Christmas trees was a seed that was planted (haha) in mine and Eric’s heart over five years ago when we decided we wanted more land to raise our family on. We now have over 28 acres and some of that space is dedicated to our evergreen trees.
We knew it was meant to be when we purchased our home and there were already about 100 trees here. It’s been more of a side hobby for us since we haven’t opened it up to the public, and there are reasons for that. The main reason is, a true tree farm has thousands of trees, and it’s usually a dedicated full time job. There’s also insurance purposes to think about and I don’t know if I like the idea of a lot of people knowing where we live. We aren’t exactly sure where having all of these trees will lead us, but for now, we are enjoying them for what they are.
I’ve mentioned before that evergreen trees only grow about a foot each year. Slow little growers they are. Just thinking about the ones we planted not even being ready to cut down for several years is so fascinating to me.
You might remember we made cutting a fresh tree special for our friends last year when they came to get one around the holidays. We plan on sticking to that tradition each year. If there’s something that Eric and I do very well, I think it’s providing fun experiences for our friends and family. Whether it’s hosting a party or enjoying our land with us. It’s also something we enjoy doing for others.
Ok, so back to planting trees. Eric and I have a motto of cut one, plant one. We’ve certainly exceeded that motto and it makes me happy to know we are also doing our part for the environment.
There are two prime times of year to plant evergreen trees. Last year when we planted around 400 evergreen trees we planted them in early spring, which worked out great with the rainy season. It was the first spring in our home and we were anxious to get them going.
Well, fast forward to this year and thank you, Covid, for throwing a monkey wrench into life. It all worked out though because another time to plant evergreen trees is in the fall, about 6-8 weeks before the first frost. (Jack Frost, please stay away for awhile).
This year we decided to order 200 hundred tree because the area we have dedicated for them is now becoming limited. We went with Douglas Fir and Faser Fir seedlings. It still baffles me they arrive to our door in a regular box, but somehow it works.
You might have caught on my insta stories (@beautifully_candid) that of course we got the boys involved again this year. It’s been great to see them helping and learning new things. Our littlest guy was very good at supervising and taking over the wagon. I’m pretty sure towards the end running around with each other through the the trees and going on wagon rides was more appealing, but we’re going with the effort that counts.
We’d love to plant more trees every year to keep up with this tradition. I guess it’s technically been more like a year and a half since we planted them, but man, look at how much the boys have grown. I don’t think I’ll ever be ok with accepting how quickly time goes by and how much changes.
Here’s to another successful planting season (I guess we can call it that) and more memories created. Grow little trees, grow!