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Aspen trees!

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Friday I found at the same store where I got 4 Aspen trees last summer, they had what appeared to be more Aspen trees from the same place as they got them from last year, so I bought 2 and planted them this morning!

I almost skipped getting them as they were mostly overgrown in the tiny 2 gallon pots, but I was able to find 2 to pick out that were small enough to get into my Suburban.

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It's awful tempting,,,,,,,,,,,,,

It's awful tempting to spend my whole tax return on more of those Aspen Trees, they are only $10, and are such a good bargain! (Even if they look a bit over-grown in the pots.)

,,,,But I'm going to apply most of it to my house payment, then I will be more dollars ahead latter on when I get the place payed off early,,,,that small sounding interest rate is a killer!

Besides, eventually I can take cuttings from when I prune the trees over the winter to start my own!

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Choices, Choices!

I know the feeling!!

Good thinkin' ahead Larry, no matter the temptation, altho' aspens are wonderful.

The cuttings are a better plan. :)

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RE: I know the feeling!

Thanks!

If I decide not to wait till they grow enough to take cuttings I can always order some through the County Conservation office.

I just love Aspens!

I've never tried it but I'm told that since Aspirin comes from Aspen bark, you can chew on a twig for pain relief!

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RE: Aspirin

Being an Easterner, I didn't know that aspen bark had the aspirin compound. From what I looked up, cottonwood does the same thing, just depends on what's available to your area.

I do know that white willow bark and wintergreen leaves do! I've tried both and it worked for me. :)

Here's a good website for you Larry:

http://www.anniesremedy.com/remedy_use115.php

I use the cayenne-infused oil, it's great.

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Thanks Redmink!

That looks like a great information site!

I only looked it up briefly, but was quite impressed with the information I saw!

Cottonwoods are in the same family as Aspens, but Willows are a bit more removed, but I can see where it would make sense for them all to have the chemical we know as Aspirin!

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Cool!

Glad to help. And some of that website's stuff is very easy to make, like the cayenne oil. Just get fresh cayennes at the store, chop, and put in light olive oil and let sit in a cool dark place for a couple weeks.

It's a great warm-up rub before hiking, reduces the risk of muscle strains and pulls. ;)

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Back to cuttings

Larry, when you plant your aspens you will have to cut them back a bit to allow them to make root and not have the strain of too much leaf. Put the bits you cut off in wet green flower arrangers oasis ( ask your sister she' ll know what I mean. Then put them in a bag and leave for a few weeks. You could end up with rooted cuttings. You don't have to wait till autumn(fall to you) to take cuttings. You can do it any time.
By the way Larry how's your sister getting on you haven't mentioned her for a while, hope she's okay.
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Thanks Colin!

I already cut them back and planted them, the pruning-s were to small to try to start.

My sister is doing fine, thanks for asking!

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