Written on January 7, 2010 at 6:00 am , by Everyday Gardeners
While on holiday, I strolled through a park looking for evergreen boughs that had fallen to the ground in one of our recent storms. Sure enough, I found several broken branches of white pine sitting by a hedgerow. The branches were green with a touch of rusty orange, which actually made them more colorful.
After cutting the branches to a manageable size (about 5 to 6 feet), I brought them inside to use as a Christmas tree. The secret? Using an office box to hold branches in place. I put a log in the bottom of the box for stability, then attached the lid. After poking slots in the lid, I stuffed branches into place. Voila! An eco-friendly Christmas tree for zero bucks!
I didn’t kill a tree. I didn’t cut live branches. I simply used what Nature provided during her early December snowstorm. And when the holidays were over, the evergreen boughs were returned to nature—to shelter wildlife and to eventually decompose, completing the cycle of life.
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