Reposted from Martha Stewarts Blog “TheMarthaBlog.com“
This year’s great tree planting project continues at my Bedford, New York farm. As many of you know, I love trees, and every spring, I plant as many as I can. It’s one way I can give back to the Earth and help to create a cleaner, healthier and more sustainable planet for my grandchildren, and for everyone.
Over the last few weeks, my outdoor grounds crew has been very busy caring for an enormous amount 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.
We received hundreds of specimens from JLPN, a three-generation family owned tree company in Salem, Oregon that focuses on growing deciduous seedlings and softwood rooted cuttings. Once the shipment arrived, the crew worked together to pot them up in our nutrient-filled composted soil. Doing this right away keeps them healthy until they can be transplanted in the ground. Enjoy these photos.