When I bought this place in 2000, I immediately took it out of production. The farmer took his crops out that year, but that was the end of conventional farming on this place. I planted about 8,400 trees, among them 2,400 white pines. They were just little wisps of trees that year, maybe about 6" tall on average. Two years later, I was able to harvest one and put on a table for my holiday tree. In the ensuing years, they got bigger and bigger! So big, in fact that for the last two years I have brought in volunteer cedars - always plenty of those about - since the pines are all far too big, and I hate to just take a top out. Cedars smell divine, but they are so stickery that I need to wear heavy jacket and gloves (no knit mittens!) and I actually get out the safety goggles. The gloves and jacket stay on while I decorate. Taking it back down is even worse, since by then the needles are dry. I cannot imagine what the inside of a cow's mouth is like! They eat these things for a treat.
This year I decided there would be no tree. Last year's tree was not seen by one person save me! Weather was bad, so some get-togethers I usually host were not held here. My kids didn't make it up at all over the holidays - much easier for me to go their way, just one person, than for all 11 of them to get up here. And there was the weather problem. So I am being "brumsch," as my mother would say of pouters, and decided I would not bother with a tree since NO ONE came to see me last year!
Yesterday I went to a building supply place to get more insulation for the Moop. I cover the hardware cloth in the back window with Styrofoam to block out the cold and wind in the winter. But the wind blew it off - 50 mph winds will do that - and I needed another piece. There at the front of the store were lovely little Norfolk pines. I came home with the insulation - and the pine.