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Pinecones
March 15, 2011
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Mountain Blessings
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 Pinecones, from Ponderosa Pine Trees

 I have only a few now. More to come as the wind blows them out of the trees.

They vary in size, not perfect in quality.

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We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us. ~Joseph Campbell

March 15, 2011
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Great pinecones!!!

What are you going to do with them?  pawprint

March 15, 2011
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gakaren
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I have a yard FULL of the ones from our loblolly pines!  They also vary in size and anyone passing this way is welcome to stop and get a BUNCH!!!  (500 would be a good bunch) laugh

We have been shredding them & using them for mulch in my flower beds.  So far, so good!

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March 15, 2011
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bug-eyed Ummm, I got to thinking today about my post on the pinecones…” not perfect in quality”. I didn't mean they were crushed or defective, no I very poorly was saying some are crooked, some don't stand up straight, and maybe not picture perfect.

I have made many wreaths with them and other “mountainey” arrangements with them, all throughout the year. Also I have made fire starters with them and like gakaren crush them up and put in garden and use as ground cover in flower beds. I have several very tall trees in my yard so I have a steady supply, especially when the spring winds start, which should be anytime now.  Also if you are ever in the neighborhood your welcome to as many as you can load.wave

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March 15, 2011
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That is a great offer!  Closer to Christmas they will be in great demand for holiday gifts and decorations!  That's so nice of you to share your bounty, Mountain Blessings!  hug

March 16, 2011
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Mountain Blessings & gakaren,

Wish I lived near either of you…LOL… so many ideas about how to use them.  My first thought was a huge glass container that you could put them in with some sparkle and scent.  The perfect centerpiece, then fire starters… and the list goes on :)   pawprint

March 16, 2011
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Paws, fire starters are great….however, I can only make so many of them!

 

I picked them up today just from my front yard….remember I have about 3 acres of front yard…36 pines on one side of the driveway & 24 on the other side.  I have a little trailer I use that was made from a double bed frame and has boards around the sides about 14″ tall….I FILLED it twice!  I'm pooped!  My back hurts!  And it is going to be corn dogs for supper!!!! hungry yes

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March 16, 2011
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gakaren, how do you make the firestarters? I have lots of cones here too, from the white pines.

Remember, if it rains on your picnic it's also raining on your garden!

March 16, 2011
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brook, get you an OLD pan or a really cheap one big enough to melt parafin in…I think mine is a 2-3 qt. w/handle (old granite).  Melt a couple of #s of parafin, I use some old grill tongs to dip the pine cones and I have a bucket of sawdust (from DH's shop) to QUICKLY roll them in.  Actually, I dump the parafin coated pine cone in there & dig my hand in & put more on the top….then they go on newspapers on my kitchen floor until cooled & hardened.

I'm pretty messy doing it, so I have everything covered that I can. surprised  There are some sprinkles you can get some place that will make them burn in colors too.  But I've never done that.

I put mine in pretty baskets with ribbons & give them as gifts at Christmas.  The ones I make for us just go in a peck basket that sits near the fireplace!

 

Not hard, just time consuming & messy.  I'm going to try doing it outside this year on a burner attached to a gas grill.  That way I can keep the mess outside! laugh

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March 16, 2011
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gakaren said:

Paws, fire starters are great….however, I can only make so many of them!

 

I picked them up today just from my front yard….remember I have about 3 acres of front yard…36 pines on one side of the driveway & 24 on the other side.  I have a little trailer I use that was made from a double bed frame and has boards around the sides about 14″ tall….I FILLED it twice!  I'm pooped!  My back hurts!  And it is going to be corn dogs for supper!!!! hungry yes

wow gakaren,

that's a lot of pine cones…. you should be tired… and they are lucky they are getting corn dogs for dinner :)…  Oh I could see me making fire starters by the ton…LOL… but I would never have enough pine cones to do it.  Now I have to start looking for pine trees  pawprint

March 16, 2011
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I wonder if there is a local school class that would want some to make into birdfeeders? Just a thought.

March 16, 2011
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I just think you are so great to do that work and are willing to share them.  hug

March 16, 2011
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Thanks for firestarter directions. I think I'll try it!

Remember, if it rains on your picnic it's also raining on your garden!

March 17, 2011
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Oh, thats a good idea langela, and I have given tons away. The area though has lots of pine trees so we got them running out our ears. This next week I am going to make a few bird feeders. chicken

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