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Dan's Garden: Christmas Trees

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Our gardens have long since been put to bed, but Dan Cashman has more words of advice for us. This is his last segment for the season, and it has to do with decking your halls and trimming your tree.

Today, I want to give out a few tips on how to pick out a safe and healthy Christmas tree, and some seasonal plants you can use to decorate at Christmas time.  This is a Frasier Fir, and whether its a pine or a fir, tug on the needles and make sure that they're moist and pliable and soft.  If there's dead needles inside, then the tree hasn't been cleaned yet.  But this one's been washed out, i'll smell fresh, it'll keep a long time.  

Make sure you make a fresh cut on the bottom of the trunk.  Cut off about an inch, so they drink water, and there are additives that you can add.  Tree Life is our favorite because it keeps the tree drinking and it keeps it bringing up moisture.  So keep the tree away from heat, away from a cold sliding glass door or window, and they should last and last a long time.

There are other seasonal plants that you could use too, like poinsettias.  Of course, they're the best known Christmas plant.  Dr. Joel Poinsett brought them from Mexico.  He was our first ambassador to Mexico.  He brought them to America in 1936 and of course it's been named after him.   And they come in other colors like white and pink and many different things in-between.  

And amaryllis and other seasonal plants can be used year after year, and they can be fun to grow, too.  So whether you put a wreath in your house or on your front door or a garland over the garage door and front door, it's just a great way to dress up for Christmas.

And I want to give a little award to Lee Ellison, my camera man, whose been sticking with me for all these years.  Its our 26th year in the garden, and thanks to Lee and everybody else at KFYR.  We appreciate giving these tips. 

Until next time, good gardening.

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