Posts tagged Christmas trees

The Ultimate Goal Of Farming

“The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops,

but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.”

― Masanobu FukuokaThe One-Straw Revolution

Planning, organizing, geometry and trigonometry

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Precision equipment, exactitude and care

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Prepared soil accepting seedlings

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Anticipation of a future forest

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From sapling to tannenbaum

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Through shearing and care

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Through drought and monsoon

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The farmer’s  job isn’t complete, and vacations are rare

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Until a decade into the future, when with humankind we may share

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The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.

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Recycle Your Christmas Tree in to a Bird Feeder

“A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.” ~ Maya Angelou

As the needles begin to fall from your Christmas tree, it’s time to consider recycling, or ‘up-cycling’ the tree.  Consider turning your tree into a natural birdie banquet for the new year!

Remove your precious keepsake ornaments and replace them with bird friendly tasty ‘ornaments’.  After you have un-decorated the tree, move it outdoors, and secure it to a sturdy location outdoors such as next to a flag pole or post using a bungee cord or twine.  Locate the tree as you would locate any bird feeder.  Birds prefer a spot about 10 feet from cover, either evergreens or shrubs.  This distance prevents predators such as cats from stalking the birds as they eat.  It also gives the birds a place to rest.

Recycled Christmas Tree Turned Bird Feeder

Recycled Christmas Tree Turned Bird Feeder

If you have trouble with birds colliding with your windows, locate your tree (and other feeders) closer to the windows, as this tree is, so the birds are travelling at a slower speed when they collide which will reduce the number of casualties.

Decorate the tree with any bird feeder you choose.  We’ve made our own feeders using pine cones, spread with peanut butter, then rolled in birdseed.

Pine Cone with Peanut Butter and Rolled in Bird Seed

Pine Cone with Peanut Butter and Rolled in Bird Seed

Tie a ribbon around the cone to create a hanger for hanging on the tree.

Thistle Feeder

Thistle Feeder

We’ve also hung an inexpensive nylon thistle feeder (available at your local garden center) filled with thistle, a favorite for finches.

Suet Feeder

Suet Feeder

We have also  added a suet feeder for our wintering woodpeckers to enjoy.  Bon appetite!

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