DIY, Garden

Plant a 150 ft. Tree – Change the world

So you want to change the world? Leave a legacy to the future? Improve the world your future children will live in?

Plant a tree.

I recommend a big one – like 150 feet big.  Big tree, long life, lots of O2, and a home for our furry friends.

This article is the start of a series on the progress of growing a tree that will allegedly grow to be a 150 footer. You better believe this thing is going to be devouring my carbon foot print long after I’m gone.  Good because as hard as we may try, my generation is going to leave a big one (sorry unborn children).

Just like any good meal, a big tree needs love to thrive.  So I went rooting around for a pot and some potting soil around the apartment.  Success, this old pot (post first round of cleaning), this mystery unidentified seed, and some old fashioned nutri-grow potting soil.  I like to stuff with extra plant crack in it, so I went with that option.  Here’s why it’s different from the dirt in your back yard.  Note: I’m not going with the sphagnum moss from the Bonsai post.

Anyone know what kind of seed this is?

Mystery seed of the 150 foot tree

Mystery seed of the 150 foot tree

Old pot from the back yard

Old pot from the back yard

 

After getting the pot cleaner with a good steel wool scrub to get most everything off. I taped on a design with some masking tape and a little help from the trusty old exacto blade. Once the tape was on, two solid coats of blue paint (I used acrylic paint because I had it) a couple hours of dry time… voila let’s see what we’ve got.

Pot taped up with scotch tape for design

Pot taped up with scotch tape for design

Peeling paint back with scotch tape

Peeling paint back with scotch tape

You peel back the tape for a nice contrast between the aged terracotta and the sky blue that I made. Throw a little dirt into the pot give it a nice light pat and plant the  seed of legacy.  Apparently, you’re supposed to plant this one on its side buried half way in dirt (com sa).

Now we play the waiting game… it’ll only be 150 years.

Potted Tree seed in blue painted pot

Potted Tree seed in blue painted pot