One Tree at a Time

@moffittjc (97009)
Gainesville, Florida
April 27, 2021 12:15pm CST
Forgot to post this last Thursday, which was Earth Day, but I planted this little loblolly pine sapling in my backyard in honor of Earth Day. I usually plant at least one—if not more—trees each year on either Arbor Day or Earth Day. Just doing my part to save the Earth...one tree at a time. We’re any of you able to plant trees recently, either in honor of Earth Day or for no special reason at all?
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@DaddyEvil (41870)
• United States
27 Apr
The squirrels plant trees here. They take a lot of the walnuts here and put them into my flower pots and flower bed. As soon as the trees sprout, I pull them up. They can plant them somewhere else.
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@moffittjc (97009)
• Gainesville, Florida
27 Apr
I have a small oak sapling growing in one of my flower pots from the squirrels planting an acorn.
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@DaddyEvil (41870)
• United States
27 Apr
@moffittjc You shouldn't let them get away with that. They'll think it's okay and you don't mind.
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@dgobucks226 (27034)
27 Apr
I have the same problem with squirrels. They like to store away their nuts and put them in things like plant pots in addition to the ground. They are master hoarders, lol. Interestingly, they can locate and remember up to 95% of what they store away
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• Nairobi, Kenya
27 Apr
The last time I planted a tree was in 2010 while I was high school. I never knew there is an earth day
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@moffittjc (97009)
• Gainesville, Florida
28 Apr
Earth Day was first celebrated in the early 1970s as a way to draw attention to the negative impact humans were causing on the planet. It’s a way to remind us that we need to do a better job of taking care of this planet.
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• Nairobi, Kenya
28 Apr
@moffittjc Now I understand. I know this has impacted many people positively. It is good to care for our environment
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@moffittjc (97009)
• Gainesville, Florida
29 Apr
@mildredtabitha I try to be as respectful for our environment as I can be.
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@ShyBear88 (45824)
• United States
27 Apr
The kids came home from school with little trees and had them take them to the wooded area to plant them because we can’t plant trees in our front yard or back yard. They where cute little tree. I did keep the flower seed to plant our front in our garden. We are planning to pull apart our flower beds and make it more modern look.
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@moffittjc (97009)
• Gainesville, Florida
27 Apr
That’s awesome that your kids got little trees to plant!
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@ShyBear88 (45824)
• United States
27 Apr
@moffittjc their school grows there own garden but the kids where not allied this year to help grow it for safety of course. There school got rights to grow food, they are also a bird sanctuary which is sweet. They set up butterflies as well. I love that they do with the kids.
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@moffittjc (97009)
• Gainesville, Florida
29 Apr
@ShyBear88 That’s awesome that they do so much nature-based stuff with the kids.
@Tina30219 (70611)
• Onaway, Michigan
27 Apr
No we have enough trees where we live we do not need anymore.
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@Tina30219 (70611)
• Onaway, Michigan
28 Apr
@moffittjc That’s a good idea
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@Fleura (15476)
• United Kingdom
27 Apr
I'm trying to plant trees too, I planted five last week. Trying to get them in the right places is the tricky part! They like to pop up in my veg patch and I have to try to relocate them all!
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@DaddyEvil (41870)
• United States
27 Apr
You can always dig up the sidewalk and plant your veggies there!
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@Fleura (15476)
• United Kingdom
27 Apr
@DaddyEvil There is no sidewalk on this stretch of lane. The garden is much more convenient!
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@DaddyEvil (41870)
• United States
27 Apr
@Fleura You can't dig up part of the road to use as a garden?
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@kaylachan (20655)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
27 Apr
I didn't personally plant trees, but a local church nearby planted several about a month-and-a-half ago.
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@moffittjc (97009)
• Gainesville, Florida
27 Apr
Nice! I hope those trees thrive and grow nice and big and provide lots of shade!
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@kaylachan (20655)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
27 Apr
@moffittjc Based on the size and how they're spaced, I don't think they are designed too. But, yeah . Which they didn't have to block the sidewalk to do it, when the parkling lot wasn't packed and right there, though.
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@NJChicaa (99065)
• United States
27 Apr
I can't wait to have a yard to plant things in again
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@moffittjc (97009)
• Gainesville, Florida
27 Apr
I’m thinking about buying some acreage out of town to give me plenty of room to do the things I want to do.
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@rebelann (85415)
• El Paso, Texas
27 Apr
It's really hard to get saplings to flourish in my desert so I didn't plant any trees. I do keep the trees I've been able to grow watered properly which is the best I can do out this way.
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@moffittjc (97009)
• Gainesville, Florida
28 Apr
There isn’t a native variety which will thrive in you r arid environment?
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@rebelann (85415)
• El Paso, Texas
28 Apr
Yes, the Mesquite but they are very slow growing and often their seeds do not germinate. I have one out back. I think there are a couple of gullies in our mountains that have cotton wood trees but I've never seen them. Mostly we have yucca and other cacti type plants that can withstand our long droughts, sometimes we get 10 year droughts.
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@moffittjc (97009)
• Gainesville, Florida
29 Apr
@rebelann No offense, but why in the hell do you live in a place like that?
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@dgobucks226 (27034)
29 Apr
No tree planting but I've done my share over the years. Here's a photo of some Bradford Pear Trees I planted a few years ago.
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@moffittjc (97009)
• Gainesville, Florida
30 Apr
That’s a really nice looking tree!
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@dgobucks226 (27034)
6 May
@moffittjc Thanks Jeff! When it blooms it's my pride and joy
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@moffittjc (97009)
• Gainesville, Florida
10 May
@dgobucks226 Would those pear trees be able to survive in Florida?
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@just4him (244724)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
2 May
That's great you planted a tree. I tried planting coconut trees when I lived on Guam. They never grew. I have a hard time with plants of any kind.
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@moffittjc (97009)
• Gainesville, Florida
2 May
I would have thought the coconut trees would have thrived on Guam. My grandmother had coconut trees in her yard in south Florida, I used to love eating the coconuts when I was a child.
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@just4him (244724)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
3 May
@moffittjc Everything thrives on Guam, just not in my yard. I don't have a green thumb. I tried everything to get plants to grow. I even took seed pods off blooming plants at the base my husband worked at. Nothing. I gave up. I'm good at indoor plants though. Why? I don't know, but I have one plant I bought for Mother's Day when I moved in here 5 years ago that's still going strong. My Christmas poinsettia is also doing well. Now, if I could only get something to grow outside, it would be great.
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@moffittjc (97009)
• Gainesville, Florida
6 May
@just4him I’m the opposite. I can get stuff to grow great outside, but then struggle to keep houseplants alive.
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@LadyDuck (340436)
• Switzerland
28 Apr
It rained and I did not go out, but I planted a new tree last week, it is a very small pine tree, it will grow up.
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@moffittjc (97009)
• Gainesville, Florida
29 Apr
I hope your pine grows into a beautiful tree!
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@LadyDuck (340436)
• Switzerland
29 Apr
@moffittjc I hope too, my neighbor planted one 5 years ago it is already 7 feet tall.
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@moffittjc (97009)
• Gainesville, Florida
30 Apr
@LadyDuck That’s certainly encouraging for you as your tree starts to grow.
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@DianneN (228451)
• United States
3 May
Actually, we did plant a Japanese maple.
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@moffittjc (97009)
• Gainesville, Florida
5 May
I love Japanese maples. I would love to plant one here.
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@DianneN (228451)
• United States
7 May
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@moffittjc (97009)
• Gainesville, Florida
12 May
@DianneN Do you think they would grow well in Florida?
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@lovebuglena (28850)
• Staten Island, New York
27 Apr
I haven't planted anything.
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@moffittjc (97009)
• Gainesville, Florida
28 Apr
The NYC metro area needs more trees and less concrete and asphalt!
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@lovebuglena (28850)
• Staten Island, New York
29 Apr
@moffittjc Are you suggesting I go plant something there?
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@moffittjc (97009)
• Gainesville, Florida
29 Apr
@lovebuglena Sure, why not! Do it.
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@oahuwriter (14771)
• United States
2 May
How good of you! No planting in but do have plants to contribute to oxygen. They are fed my catch water from my kitchen sink. I've aloe plants, broadleaf plantain, mini money tree too.
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@moffittjc (97009)
• Gainesville, Florida
2 May
I have huge aloe plants growing around my yard.
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@oahuwriter (14771)
• United States
3 May
@moffittjc Nice! Mine in pots do half the size of yours.
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@moffittjc (97009)
• Gainesville, Florida
5 May
@oahuwriter My neighbor has an aloe plant that is even bigger than mine!
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@JimBo452020 (50686)
• Montrose, Scotland
27 Apr
Nice tree Jeff. Yvonne planted 2 trees. I never even thought to post about it. I think I might now that I have seen your post. We all need to help save the Planet, And planting trees is very important
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@moffittjc (97009)
• Gainesville, Florida
28 Apr
I try to plant a tree every year. Sometimes more.
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@JimBo452020 (50686)
• Montrose, Scotland
28 Apr
@moffittjc I sometimes grow a bush. Does this count.
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@moffittjc (97009)
• Gainesville, Florida
29 Apr
@JimBo452020 Depends on where that bush is that you grow.
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@kareng (35587)
• United States
10 Jun
The last tree I planted was the Little Gem Magnolia tree last year. It's doing pretty good but wondering if all this water is going to affect it. I did dig up some pecan trees to root. Those are dong well too. Need to go get some more!!
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@moffittjc (97009)
• Gainesville, Florida
11 Jun
I want to plant some cypress trees next. The meadow behind my house would be the perfect environment for them, since it almost always is full of water, which cypress trees love.
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@kareng (35587)
• United States
12 Jun
@moffittjc Yes and they grow fast too! We had several hundred at work that were used in an experiment or a study that were tossed out at the end. We all brought some home to plant. Our subdivision did not have a drain back in the servitude between property lines and it was always wet back there. We planted a row of cypress trees there. I wouldn't put them in your yard though--you will have needles/knobs popping up that your lawn mower won't like!
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@moffittjc (97009)
• Gainesville, Florida
9h
@kareng I have no room for them in my yard with the heavy tree canopy I already have. I want to plant them in the meadow behind my property.
@LindaOHio (67424)
• United States
28 Apr
Good for you. We used to buy the packets of trees to plant from the Arbor Day organization. We haven't planted any trees at our new place.
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@moffittjc (97009)
• Gainesville, Florida
29 Apr
Several myLotters have commented about getting trees from the Arbor Day foundation. I’ll have to check out their website.
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@LindaOHio (67424)
• United States
30 Apr
@moffittjc They have really good deals for packets of trees. They are small; but we have a whole forest from the plantings we did (at the other house).
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@Tampa_girl7 (45678)
• United States
27 Apr
I would if I didn’t already have so many.
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@moffittjc (97009)
• Gainesville, Florida
28 Apr
That’s good that you have so many already. I’ve actually planted a few trees in our local parks before, without telling any of the city workers!
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@Tampa_girl7 (45678)
• United States
28 Apr
@moffittjc that’s a good idea.
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@moffittjc (97009)
• Gainesville, Florida
29 Apr
That’s nice that you have so many trees. In too many places these days there is too much concrete and asphalt.
@DocAndersen (42190)
• United States
26 May
i did something similar but ours was a set of two bushes on the side of the house for Warth day!
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@moffittjc (97009)
• Gainesville, Florida
26 May
What is Warth Day?
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@DocAndersen (42190)
• United States
27 May
@moffittjc an overly zealous typer. Or more likely Klingon Earth day.
@porwest (45045)
• United States
28 Apr
Nope. Unfortunately I have not planted any trees. Though I have nothing against it. I LOVE trees. But it does remind me of a joke. An old man was sitting in the park having a sandwich on a bench when he observed a park service truck stop a few feet from where he was sitting. Two blondes got out. The truck had new trees in the bed. One of the blondes dug a hole, and the other filled it back in. They both got back in the truck and drove forward a few feet and did the same thing. One got out and dug a hole, and the other filled it back up. The old man observed this activity four times and was finally curious what was going on. It made no sense to him at all. So, his sandwich finished, he approached the two blondes at their next stop and inquired as to the nature of the situation. "Pardon me for being curious," said the old man. "But I have observed you and this other woman, with trees in the back of your truck, get out and dig a hole only to simply fill it. But I have seen no one plant one of those trees, and so I am curious as to the purpose of what you are doing." One of the blonde women smiled, and said, "Silly. There are actually three of us. One of us digs the hole. One of us plants the tree. And one of us fills the dirt around the newly planted tree." The old man pauses. "I do not understand." The other blonde nods and informs the old man, "The one who plants the trees called in sick today." I admit it's stupid. But it's a joke that still makes me laugh.
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@moffittjc (97009)
• Gainesville, Florida
29 Apr
That joke made me laugh. I’ll have to remember to tell it to my girlfriend today (she is a blonde).
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@porwest (45045)
• United States
29 Apr
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