Christmas Tree Cutting 2013


Sow Investigated Our Christmas Tree Hunt

We get our Christmas trees from small conifers growing in our pastures. These trees get lots of sunlight and have little competition so they grow very densely.
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Walter Balancing Christmas Tree

Our trees are small, to fit our tiny cottage. This one will fit on our dining room table in the front window.


Will Bending Tree as Walter Cuts

We’ve actually cut the same tree down three times over the years in many cases. The bases keeps shooting up new tops that are ready to cut again in about five years.


Ferret in Ben’s Hood

The ferrets came along for the ride.


Hope with Jacket Warmer


Natural Decoration

After we got the tree back to the cottage and hung from the ceiling over our dining room table I discovered the birds had already decorated it with a very tiny nest.

Outdoors: 23°F/17°F Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 65°F/62°F

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8 Responses to Christmas Tree Cutting 2013

  1. Nancy E. says:

    Love the ferret faces and family photos. Glad to see you all doing something else besides working!

  2. Cherry says:

    Love this family story! I didn’t know that christmast trees regrew. Cool!!

    • Based on what I’ve seen in news articles and such I think most consumers don’t realize that the tree they see is just a shoot that comes up from the actual tree that lives underground. When you cut off the ‘tree’ it is really just trimming this top shoot and the roots, the real plant, put up a new replacement ‘tree’ above ground, a solar collector. Thus trees are actually a sustainable, renewable resource.

      A trick with a Christmas tree plantation is you plant, let’s say 100 trees a year. Each year you plant another 100 trees. Then after 15 years you go back to the first section and harvest those trees. The next year you harvest the trees on the next group. Meanwhile the first group’s stumps have put up the beginning of new trees so you prune back the extra leaders selecting just the best one to grow. The stump, the real tree, then puts its energy into that one new Christmas tree but now it has the large root mass so it grows much faster such that in maybe 10 years you have a new crop of trees in that first group of 100.

      Not all trees do this as well as some. Spruce, aspen, poplar, apple and many others are very good at doing this regeneration – we call it ‘regen’ in forestry.

      Real Christmas trees are better than fake ones (e.g., plastic, aluminum) because they use fewer resources, are compostable and they’ll regenerate after cutting. The real trees also soak up carbon dioxide from the atmosphere so real trees are greener all around than fake trees.

  3. Zephyr Hill says:

    Nothing smells like a real Christmas tree! I’m so glad to know that probably the tree didn’t die and will be growing a sibling for someone else in 5 years! You can’t get much more guilt-free than that! I love the family photos and the ferrets! Ferrets are proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  4. Nance says:

    Enjoyed this post — it had a little bit of every thing — pets, nature, forestry, fresh air and exercise! What kind of bird would make that little nest?

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