I remember the first time I saw it, and it was nothing special then. It was September and the previous owners were moving, so the yard hadn’t been tended in ages. And yet, I saw a beautiful eggplant bursting through the garden – large and ripe – and knew this land was the place for us. The sun was shining through the windows and into the paths of the woods, and we put an offer on the house that same day! And luckily it got accepted, and we became home owners! This was perfect timing because Scarlet was two at that point, and I was pregnant with Des the same week we got our offer accepted. We knew we were at the start of something special.
I wasn’t born with a green thumb. My mom said I used to help her plant peas at our old house, and I remember that, but I have learned the most through Cassidy. I remember when he separated his shoulder and couldn’t do much, so I installed the garden’s irrigation system. We’ve done pallet gardening and vertical strawberry rows. We have planted trees, berries, and vegetables. Our latest project is fruit trees! And that’s why I love the Arbor Day Foundation.
Our Arbor Day Foundation Tree Planting Adventure:
How You Can Get Your Own Trees Easily!
What is the Arbor Day Foundation?
Their mission statement: “We inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees.” Arbor Day Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit conservation and education organization founded in 1972 – the centennial of the first Arbor Day observance in the 19th century. This Foundation has grown to become the largest non-profit membership organization dedicated to planting trees. There are over one million members, supporters, and valued partners today – and growing!
Using the Tree Nursery to Select a Tree:
The website has tools like a tree finder, and a Hardiness Zone lookup. This makes it easy to find the trees you want, and their availability/hardiness for your area! We live in Massachusetts so we are big on apple trees. That’s exactly what we wanted! And so that’s exactly what we got too!
For some tips to shop the tree nursery, enter your zip code in the tree search box, or the Hardiness Zone Lookup tool. When your zone appears, then you can browse by recommended or popular trees for where you live. You can also use the Best Tree Finder by answering a few questions and getting recommendations based on those answers. There are also tree category searches.
Our Tree Planting:
It’s best to plant your trees within five days of their arrival. And if that isn’t possible, Arbor Day Foundation recommends that your trees be heeled in. You can plant your trees from the time the frost first leaves the ground through late spring. You’ll get a Planting Guide with your order, and it will contain detailed instructions. Once you plant one, the rest will come easily!
We usually like to plant more than one tree at once, and it’s fun to think about what our trees will look like in a few months, in a few years, and in a few decades. I hope we’re leaving something amazing for our kids, and our kids’ kids, and so on!