Jul 26
2017

My Emerald City

  My Emerald City.

  The beginnings of our Christmas tree farm!  Started almost three years ago with a planting of a meager 35 trees, the tree farm took shape after dreaming of how we could share our faith, use our land, and teach the guild what the word “work” really means.

 I grew up in North East Texas where there might be as many pine trees as there are people.  So smelling the scent of pine definitely makes me feel at home wherever I might be.  In this case, North West Oklahoma.  Population pine trees: 4??  (Let’s just say not very many.)  Definitely needing to increase the scent-o-pine.  So we amped up our plantings to about 600 in year 2, and we planted 700 this last March (year 3).  Whew!

That’s me!  Tree hugger/planter/wa-wa-water girl

 

Insert three munchkins and a husband with a full time job, and you’ve got yourself a busy schedule.  Especially when you don’t have your irrigation set up yet.  Yep!  Remember yonder windmill?  It wasn’t around yet, much less pumping water to my little city of trees!  So, guess what we have had the pleasure of doing the last three years?  WATERING BY HAND!!!  (I say that in a slightly haggared and bitter tone with a dash of wisdom.)

Word to all who would like to start an tree farm…..make sure you have irrigation plans complete or very close to finished.  Yes, we were naive on our estimate of time needed to set up irrigation.  Yes, I would not recommend owning four different head lamps so you can go water the trees at night after the Guild has gone to bed.  Yes, we are crazy.

“Me and buckets have a love hate relationship.”

 

Not all who want to start a Christmas tree farm need irrigation though.  Maybe you are blessed with a climate that does not reach 105 degrees throughout the months of July and August, and receives more than 30 inches of rain per year.  If so, I am fairly confident you would be fine with out it.  Here, its a necessity!

 

  The Emerald City is looking better and better with time.  Christmas trees are usually not ready to be cut down until at least year 5, and sometimes year 6 for the average 6 foot tree.  So patience is the key, along with water, fertilization, moth control, weeding, pruning, optimum spacing, and commitment.  All of which I will completely elaborate on in coming posts.  So much to talk about y’all!!!!

All in all, Christmas tree farms are a great way to bring beauty to the land, share your faith, start traditions, and get the entire family involved.  It’s hard work, but so awesome and rewarding!  I highly recommend it, even if buckets are involved!!

 

……..ugh….buckets…..

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as if working for the Lord.  Colossians 3:23

 

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