This was the first year in my 22 years of being a home owner that my husband and I are celebrate Christmas with a real tree. The idea of having a real tree always fascinated me but it just seemed we were always gone for the Holidays and a real tree definitely needs extra TLC. This Holiday season we have some major renovations going on in our home so extra time to set up the 12′ fake tree gave me more of a reason to try a real tree. The adventure out to the local garden center to pick out a tree and haul it home was time well spent with my best friend/husband. It was easier to go purchase a tree for under $40 and a tree stand then to go through the hassle of hauling this HUGE storage box filled with tree branches and then straightening the branches on the fake tree we’ve celebrated with for about six years now. I still can’t get over the wonderful pine fragrance this frasier fir is filling our home with making it WELL worth the purchase.
Remember I mentioned the extra TLC I had always heard the real tree needs? It really hasn’t been that bad as far as extra care. I spent the evening decorating the tree with treasures from my garden and I dare not use my hand made tree skirts I normally use with the fake trees because I’ve been told sap can drop from the tree onto the floor. I have yet to witness any sap but to be on the safe side I am using a burlap fabric at the base of the tree for the skirt this year. As of day 9 of having the real tree in our main room there really hasn’t been any extra issues like I expected.
In fact, I have made some extra TLC rituals myself by using my manure tea brewing water that is prepared for my indoor plants in the live tree water reservoir. Not sure what this will do for the cut live tree but I can say it does wonders for my greenhouse blooms and houseplants. The brew is super easy to prepare and it just feels right to be adding the extra nutrients to something that is providing so much Holiday spirit to our home. Who knows, maybe this will give us a few extra weeks to enjoy the tree before it starts to drop it’s needles. I’ll be sure to keep you posted on this project as we head into the New Year. Until then, please consider using all natural brew to feed your flowers and plants in your home.
The manure tea bags I use are by Authentic Haven Brand Manure Tea. I’m adding Annie’s tea bag collection to the top of my Holiday Gifts for the Gardeners list. What better way to keep your plants their greenest during the Holidays than to grow them healthy and natural using a organic brew? Be sure to visit The Haven Brand website to see what gardeners are saying about manure tea. Also be sure to check out Moo-Poo on page 57 of Delish Magazine this month. As a gift from Annie I would like to invite you to try her product by clicking the link below and receive a free manure tea bag with your purchase from Annies site. ( after December 28 please click here ).
I would love to hear from you if you have any extra tips you can provide me with concerning having a healthy real tree in your home for the Holidays.