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Re: Things to do with Discarded Christmas Trees. . .

I hope this isn't a really dumb question but does anyone know
if Christmas trees are sprayed with anything and if so what?
Folks around here sink them in lakes to make better fishing but
I wonder if that is such a good idea.
    I usually put mine in front of a wash out that my huskies
like to dig under so they can escape the fence but this is in a
forest where no one will notice or see. Don't think OG would be
interested in that tip <G>.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Tetrad" <garlicgr@pond.com>
To: <community_garden@mallorn.com>
Sent: Wednesday, December 20, 2000 5:13 PM
Subject: [cg] Things to do with Discarded Christmas Trees. . .

> Hi, Folks!
> Here is the full text of what I sent to OG -- they only used
Idea #1, but
> here are the other ideas I came up with.  (We haven't
actually done Idea #2,
> but I figured it would work. . .)
> Enjoy!
> Dorene Pasekoff, Coordinator
> St. John's United Church of Christ Organic Community Garden
> A mission of
> St. John's United Church of Christ, 315 Gay Street,
Phoenixville, PA  19460
> Like most folks with perennials, our community garden gathers
> Christmas trees and chops off the branches to cover and mulch
our herbs,
> roses and fruiting shrubs to protect them from winter frosts
and snows.
> Since we don't have an electrical outlet at the community
garden for a
> chipper/shredder, we've come up with the following uses for
bare Christmas
> tree trunks:
> 1) Native Bee Habitats:  Cut Christmas tree trunks into
1-foot logs with a
> bow saw.  Drill 1/4 inch, 3/8 inch and 1/2 inch holes about
an inch apart
> over the top and sides of a log.  Place the log, holes side
up, where it
> will receive morning sun and wait for the native bees to find
them in the
> spring.
> 2) Toad Huts: Cut Christmas tree trunks into 1-foot logs with
a bow saw.
> Take the worst clay in the garden, mix it with water and a
few pine needles
> to make a thick paste.  Construct a mini-log cabin for your
toads by dabbing
> logs with the clay paste, then pressing the logs together.
(It's messy, but
> kids enjoy making real log cabins.  Luckily, toads aren't
picky about their
> real estate as long as it protects them from the sun.)
> 3) Bean Teepees:  Dig 4 or 5 holes in a circle with a
post-hole digger.
> Place the wide end of a Christmas tree trunk in each hole,
then tie together
> the narrow ends with biodegradable twine to form a teepee.
Finish the teepee
> by wrapping the twine between the trunks so that the bean
vines can climb up
> the teepee.
> 4) Compost bins:  Dig 4 holes in a square with a post-hole
digger. (For
> optimal composting, holes should be at least 3 feet apart
from each other.)
> Place the wide end of a Christmas tree trunk in each hole,
then tie turkey
> wire or snow fencing around the trunks to form a bin.  Add
garden waste as
> generated.
> In time, the Christmas tree trunks will rot, but that's okay!
Just add the
> rotted wood to the compost pile and gather more trees next
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