It is the last full week of school here and my daughter and her Montessori class have been taking many field trips. One was to a local tree farm where they grow Ponderosa Pine seedlings for use in reforesting areas burned from wildfire.
The nursery kindly sent each child home with a baby Ponderosa Pine, and even some seeds to plant. My daughter’s little tree measures just 8 inches and may one day be over 100 feet tall!!.
We planted the tiny seedling yesterday. Knowing how tall it could ultimately grow presented us with a bit of a challenge to find a bare spot. We have plenty of huge Ponderosas around the property already. But we found a nice place in the front yard that is not too close to the house or the other trees. Here it is in it’s new home.
The mother of a third-grader in my daughter’s class had a marvelous idea. When her son was in kindergarten, he received a Ponderosa seedling. The family decided to plant the tree in the forest near a geocache site so that they could easily visit it again. They visit the tree regularly and now, after four years, it is over three feet tall and doing very well!
Below are photos of the pine seeds (I had never seen Ponderosa Pine seeds before – they are quite small) and some mature trees in our yard. The last photo shows the roof of our
two-story house to give you a bit of an idea of the mature trees’ height!
Today they are going to an alpaca farm. I hope they don’t send each child home with a baby alpaca. I’m sure it would be awfully cute, but I think 3 kids, 8 cats, 2 birds, and 2 dogs are enough needy creatures for this mother to manage!