Gardening, Homelife, Uncategorized

What to do with 105 trees

I know what you’re thinking… “105 trees? Is she crazy?”

And the answer to both questions is yes.

The Missouri Department of Conservation sells native trees in the spring for pennies! Pennies I tell you! And when you could by a group of ten trees for one price, or twenty-five trees for a mere two dollars more… why wouldn’t you?!?

stewart_settlement_105_trees-2Well this thought ran through my brain multiple times as I scrolled the available trees on their website.  And when I finally looked at my shopping cart of 105 trees for less than $80 I clicked submit immediately.  Remember me saying I have a problem with go big or go home? Or all or nothing? Ya,  I think that would apply here.

So fastforward to May and we had 105 trees show up on our doorstep which are kind of a permanent thing.  I mean, you plant them in the ground.  In one place.  And commit to that place for decades!

stewart_settlement_105_trees-9So the trees sat around for a while because I just wasn’t ready to commit to these trees yet.  Maybe I have commitment issues.  But they had sat there too long and I had no clarity as to where they should grow for 50 years.  But I didn’t want them to die and I wanted the space back from my front porch! So Dustin, me, and our friend Blake came up with a little idea.


We heeled them in.

stewart_settlement_105_trees-4I have read about this process being done if you can’t plant them for a few weeks but we did it a little more intensely because we are hoping to leave them there for a year or so.  A whole year!  Its basically a very thick layer of loose compost and then a very thick layer of mulch.  Wind a soaker hose around the whole little plot and you got yourself some easy breezy maintenance.

Will it work? I’m going to be completely honest with you… I have no idea.  I don’t really know very much about trees.  Its all new for me.

But if it does work it will be genius I tell you! The tender little trees are all together, close to the house so watering and caring for them will be a breeze! I know myself too well to know that if they were scattered around all 10 acres they would be forgotten and neglected and probably die.

So I’ll give you an update in about, oh, a year. So I guess I just roped you into reading my blog posts for at least that long. Ha, sucker.


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  • Reply Kate July 1, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    This is a great idea!

    • Reply dottiesmom July 2, 2015 at 8:18 am

      Only time will tell. Since I took these pictures we’ve already lost a few. But I’m still hopeful. Cross your fingers for me!!!

  • Reply grammy July 9, 2015 at 2:54 pm

    You kids are so brave! A hundred little ones to keep alive. I’m proud of your resourcefulness and dedication to your settlement. Keep up the good work! Kiss Dottie for me. 🙂

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