Reposted from Martha Stewarts Blog “

Over the last couple of weeks, my outdoor grounds crew has been busy caring for all sorts of trees – container seedlings as well as bare root cuttings. Bare root trees are so named because the plants are dug from the ground while they are dormant, and stored without any soil surrounding their roots.

All the specimens came from JLPN, a family owned tree company in Salem, Oregon. Once we received our shipment, it was a race to get them into some good nutrient-filled soil to prevent them from becoming desiccated. With team work, and a lot of good, old-fashioned elbow-grease, we got the job done.

JLPN - Martha Stewart "Potting Thousands of Trees"

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