Monday, January 2, 2012

Use you Christmas Tree in your garden

Here are some great ideas!!!

~ Use Branches as Pea Brush
Stick branches into the ground wherever you plant your peas. The pea vines will climb the branches. Use a criss-cross fashion, so that one branch helps support the one next to it. You can also tie the branches together where they intersect to help stabilize your pea brush.

~ Cut the branches off and lay them over perennials in your garden. This will provide protection from temperature fluctuations and prevent the plants from heaving out of the soil.

~ Use the trunk to make teepees to grow beans on, rustic fences, and as supports for shade covers and floating row covers.

~ You can cut the branches up into smaller pieces and use them to mulch your beds or garden paths. Snip a few branches into pieces every time you go to the garden so its not such a chore

~ Provide a home for the birds. Once you're done with it indoors, remove the decorations and place your tree, stand and all, out in the yard. Birds will find it and use it as shelter during the winter months. In spring, once the birds don't need it anymore, either chip it up or lay it on its side in a part of your yard where it can serve as a brush pile for other backyard wildlife.

~ Use the trunk of your Christmas tree, you can lay it on the ground to use as a rustic garden bed edging

~ Cut the trunk into little round disks to make small cute "stepping stones"

~ Chop it into firewood and kindling. A typical fir can be turned into 13+ pounds of firewood. Dry branches make great kindling for starting fires. ** Warning: Please use caution while burning this indoors because they contain flammable turpentine oils. Though I have never had a problem in my own house, I advise you to watch your plants and use sparingly **

~ Some people place their used trees in their fish ponds, where they serve as refuge and feeding areas for the fish. **Some experts recommend removing all the needles first, as they’re mildly toxic to the fish.**

~ Cut the branches off and use them at the base of a fresh compost pile. It's a good idea to have coarser materials, like tree branches, at the bottom of the pile because it helps increase air flow to the pile.


  1. As I sit in front of my woodstove that burns almost exclusively conifer wood, I can attest that you can burn conifers in stoves and fireplaces if you properly clean your chimney on a schedule.

    If you take proper care of your equipment, there is no problem.

  2. I am going around the neighborhood collecting trees today!!! Thanks for the recomendations. I might use a few of them.

  3. I wish you would have posted this earlier! Maybe I will do like anonymous and collect a few trees.

  4. @Eric Thank you!! I also use it in my fireplace but then read a story about someone starting a house fire by lighting their tree parts and felt that I should put some kind of warning, so people couldn't blame me if something happened!

  5. Hi found you from your craigslist post. I too am a florida girl- in Pasco co. to be more precise . starting raised beds, soon to be adding chickens, and canning the goods from our beds and else where. (im also a blogger here on blogspot) cute page and great tips glad i sumbled across you!

  6. @momma.. Welcome to the page! Hope you enjoy what you see and find useful info to starting your own adventure!!! :) Im glad your here!