Edible Christmas Tree instructions for the city mouse?
November 24, 2007 9:11 PM Subscribe
After 10 years of living in NYC, I've fled to a wooded acre in rural New Jersey. I'm a total scrooge who would never be caught dead with a Christmas tree, but I want to edibly decorate an outdoor (living) pine tree to attract animals like deer, birds, squirrels and whoever else. I'm thinking along the lines of stringing popcorn, carrots, dried corn for the deer, peanut butter and birdseed on pinecones for the birds, maybe some apple slices, etc. The problem is, my years in the city have left me devoid of any common sense on how to proceed. I don't care much whether the tree is pretty or not - I'm more interested in having animals in my backyard than flashing lights that sing "Jingle Bell Rocks".
posted by bunnycup to home & garden (15 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
So, with so many animal-caring and conscious, crafty folks here, I thought I'd probe the hive mind for suggestions. Please help me out with tips, tricks, instructions, suggestions to create a SAFE enjoyable edible outdoor tree to get all the animals I possibly can. Assume I know less than a 5th grader who's been to a summer camp craft class - what do I use to string the popcorn so it doesn't end up fatally snagged in a duck's digestive tract? Is there anything tempting to use that's actually dangerous for the type of animals likely to live in the area (ducks, deer, birds, squirrels, beavers, raccoons, etc.)? Are there any pressing safety concerns for the animals to make me wary - I don't want to HURT them of course. As a result of my location, I won't be luring animals to a busy road where they are likely to get hit, or to an area where neighbors would consider them pestilential.
Most appreciated would be fairly quick and easy instructions so I could do this a few times even on a busy schedule - I'd love to be able to refurbish the tree every weekend for the next month or so.