Saturday, March 28, 2009

A Gift From My Father

My father stopped by this morning, as I was working in the yard, to say he had

a 'little something' for me.

The gift?

Two avocado trees

and a fig tree.

I love these gifts because they are from him.
I also love these gifts because they turn out
like this.

This is one of two mountain laurels he planted in my front yard.
During his visit, after he told me where to plant these new baby trees, he reminded me of a few
tree care truths that I think are a great metaphor for life truths.

So listen up granddaughters of Jim Mills:

*get rid of all dead wood , wherever it is in your yard

*before deciding where to plant a tree, look up and look around

*competing trees are not good for new trees


Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

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Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

You didn't give me an email to answer you so I'm answering here>

It has a solid bottom? If you've drilled holes and are putting it on top of dirt I would think after time the bottom would decay. That could take a few years though (as long as it's not rot resistant wood). It also depends on what you're planting. If it's shallow rooted veggies you might be o.k. but if it something like carrots or potatoes it wouldn't work unless it's a really deep one.

If it were me I would just remove the bottom and use the outside frame to be sure. That shouldn't be too hard to do. But you can take your chances and see if it works. But I would make sure the next boxes did have bottoms!


Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

I mean didn't have bottoms!

Jennifer@woodleycottage said...

Oh how I wish I could grow avocado trees! We lived in Hawaii for a while and had Mango trees in the back yard! Right now I'm just thrilled to see my lime tree with blossoms all over it. Now, if I can just keep the boys from picking the little limes and using them as weapons...
Have a super day!


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