According to one of our favorite reference sites, Wikipedia, the Christmas tree is a decorated evergreen coniferous tree, real or artificial, and a tradition associated…more
According to one of our favorite reference sites, Wikipedia, the Christmas tree is a decorated evergreen coniferous tree, real or artificial, and a tradition associated with the celebration of Christmas. The tradition of decorating an evergreen tree at Christmas started in Livonia and Germany in the 16th century!
Our modern day holiday celebrations have kept alive the tradition of decorating a fir tree which we normally buy at a store. Increasingly people are switching to growing their own fir tree which can be kept outside and perhaps decorated every year with outdoor lights and weatherproof ornaments. Some families have started planting a fir tree when a new baby arrives which is a fantastic idea as the tree will grow up with the child. A neat family tradition could be to measure the growing fir tree each year and decorate it with home made ornaments.
A long standing favorite among Christmas tree connoisseurs is the Douglas Fir. Douglas Fir trees are noted for their dense full bushy shape and fine soft green needles. They have a distinctive pine fragrance which is known to last through the entire holiday season, no need for expensive air fresheners! The Douglas Fir has the classic Christmas tree shape that is easily decorated, and because they have strong branches the Douglas Fir are able to support a large number of Christmas tree lights.
Planting a Douglas Fir seed is as easy as getting a seedling pot or a “biopot”, some starter soil, a packet of Douglas Fir seed and some tender loving care! As you can see below it really is easy to get started growing your own Christmas tree;
If you like the sound of planting your own fir trees for the Holidays then we can help you start an exciting family tradition. We offer beautifully packaged tree seed favors which are perfect for stocking stuffers or gifts for loved ones.
Check out our YouTube video for tips on planting your Holiday season tree;
Included in each starter seed kit package:
- Tree Seed in packet (2 x 2″) – hermetically sealed to preserve freshness
- Personalized paper card (2 x 2 “) with tree graphic
- Thank you message
- Poem: “He who plants a tree, plants a hope.”— Lucy Larcom
- Growing instructions
- Choose Bio Pot or Terra Cotta clay pot ( clay pot additional $.75)
- Soil pellet
- Recycled paper brown (3 x 3″) box
- Your choice of raffia ribbon (oatmeal, festive, terra cotta salmon, purple, yellow, pink, royal blue or forest green)
Plant a tree by giving them as gifts at weddings and special events because they help the environment, help control water,
help stabilize the soil, help provide sade and shelter.
Trees Help the Environment: Three More Reasons to Plant a Tree
It seems that everyone knows that trees purify the air by taking in contaminants and releasing oxygen. They consume huge quantities of carbon dioxide, cutting down on greenhouse gasses in the air. That’s not all they do, however.
Trees Stabilize the Soil
Big trees need big roots. Some kinds of trees grow their roots outward, and some grow them downward. Either way, those roots hold onto a lot of dirt and debris. Trees have roots systems that are strong enough to keep the topsoil in place, instead of allowing dry soil to be blown away by the wind. When an area loses its trees, it seems to be only a matter of time before it also loses the rest of its plantlife.
In wetter and snowier conditions, it isn’t only the wind that threatens the soil. Trees hold the sides of hills together, preventing many landslides. On a smaller scale, they also help keep the soil from sliding into the rivers and lakes. This allows waterside plants a chance to grow and give river animals a safe place to dig their burrows.
Trees Control Water
In the same way that the trees hold onto the soil, if you plant a tree they also hold onto water. Flood damage tends to be more severe in places that have lost their trees. The soil gets washed away, and there is little to slow the torrents.
Some kinds of trees pull water up from deep in the ground, releasing some of it from their leaves into the air through transpiration. It is well-known that trees don’t survive well in desert conditions. Did you know that they also help to prevent desertification by recycling the groundwater?
Trees Provide Shade and Shelter
Have you ever wondered why so many small farm fields are surrounded by narrow lines of trees? Those trees break up the wind, sheltering the crops from harsh weather. Trees serve as wind-breaks in nature, too, allowing other plants to colonize the clearings and providing shelter for wildlife.
Trees along rivers and creeks shade the water, keeping it cool enough for the fish to survive. Warm water holds less dissolved oxygen than cool water. If the trees are cut down from the creek banks, the water overheats during the summer. This suffocates the fish. The bacteria which feed on the sudden wealth of dead fish use up more oxygen, and kill more fish.
When you consider all the important things that trees do for the environment, it makes sense that planting more trees is a good thing to do. Giving people trees to plant can inspire friends and family to plant a tree for for a greener tomorrow.
By Tamatha Campbell
With winter fast approaching and colder weather creeping in we wanted to share our favorite winter neck warmers with our readers. 1/ Smitten Kitten Neck…more
With winter fast approaching and colder weather creeping in we wanted to share our favorite winter neck warmers with our readers.
1/ Smitten Kitten Neck Warmers
Our first offering comes from browsing through the wonderful images on Flickr.com, we found a collection of handmade winter neck warmers made by the Smitten Kitten;
We loved the clean hand knitted design and the striking brass buttons
2/ Crowfter’s Cowl (designed by Gudrun Johnston)
Created using a Manos del Urugay Silk Blend we loved the unique patterns in this neck warmer;
3/ Elan Knitted Neck Warmer by Irregular Expressions
We found this stunning neck warmer on Etsy and it is made with quality cashmere and bamboo fiber using different knitting and crochet techniques…
4/ Children’s Scarf Neck Warmer by Hover Creations
Another awesome find on Etsy was this beautiful childrens neck warmer which includes knitted flower accents.
5/ Men’s Winter Neck Warmer by Quince & Co
Proof that neck warmers don’t just have to be for women we found these beautiful men’s neck warmers on Flickr thanks to Wonder Mike! This particular style of neck warmer is a Cullin Cowl and they are made by Quince & Co.;
6/ Crochet Neck Warmer by Erin Hansen
Yet another superb find on Etsy! We loved this handmade crocheted Cowl neck warmer by Erin Hansen. It is a wonderful moss green with some cute little buttons to add some style.
7/ Malabrigo Chunky Wool Neck Warmer by Lisa Clarke
We found this beautiful neck warmer on Flickr and it was made using a knitters loom. Made from Malabrigo chunky wool we simply loved the look of this one, the artist Lisa Clarke also handmade the button of polymer clay, specifically to match!
8/ High Neck Athletic Sweater by Lulu Lemon Athletica
We thought this unique athletic sweater was awesome, another Flickr find, this one is designed by Lulu Lemon Athletica Wear and it is perfect for a winter workout!
9/ Another Neck Warmer for Dudes!
This vintage knitted neck warmer was modeled by a good sport of a man! Thanks to Cheryl at EraPhernalia Vintage
10/ Urban Neck Warmer by Sedie Maruska
Sedie Maruska made this amazingly cool urban neck warmer, we loved the grey wool design with lots of details. The three button design and intricate knitting make this creation stand out.
We hope you enjoyed our run down of the top ten neck warmers for winter 2011. Don’t forget to check out our groovy eco friendly neck massage warmers which use the heat of 7 secret types of grain to sooth and relax aching necks and muscles!
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With Winter fast approaching you might be feeling the effects of the cold weather with aching muscles and stiff necks? Did you ever wish there…more
With Winter fast approaching you might be feeling the effects of the cold weather with aching muscles and stiff necks? Did you ever wish there were handmade neck warmers available which were also eco friendly?
We found an exciting product which are not just handmade neck warmers but they are also eco friendly and extremely effective at massaging out those aching muscles! Filled with a secret combination of seven different natural seeds which retain and release heat at the perfect rate to sooth stiff necks these eco friendly neck warmers are a must have item. They make perfect gifts for Christmas or birthdays and are especially good for people who value the environment.
The secret combination of seven different seeds takes just 1 minute in the microwave to give 20 minutes of soothing natural neck warming, they are even available in two different relaxing scents, either fir or lavender.
These wonderful massage pillows are made by Dr. Feelgood and come complete with the slogan “Relieves all that ails you and then some.”
The relaxing heat of these “Seven Seed Thermal Wraps” release all of your tension and stress and can help for the relief of neck pain, headaches, back pain and muscle aches. The pillows are handmade with upholstery fabric and come in an assortment of colors.
The pillows are packaged in a 100% recycled box and a card explaining the properties is attached with a raffia ribbon. The head / neck pillow is approximately 12 x 4” in size and fits perfectly into your purse or bag.
They make wonderful gifts for friends, family, anyone who experiences headaches or injuries. They also make excellent hostess gifts or stocking stuffers. These pillows last for years and are a convenient and eco friendly heating pad to have in your home.
If you would like to buy one of these superb handmade neck warmers then check them out in our online store;
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