July has been a planting month for HaliPuu. 24000 saplings are starting their life in a previously clear cut area. As clear cutting is something that we at HaliPuu decided to stop doing in our forests, this is going to be the last time that we are going to do such an arduous planting task. The forests are happy, the animals are happy – and our backs are happy.

Our saplings are about two years old when they go in the ground. They are pushed into the soil one by one with special metallic planting tubes approximately 2 m apart from each other. Most of the planting has once again been done by Pappa the iron man. He told me that when he was younger he used to plant 5 boxes (about 1000 saplings) per day. Turns out that "younger" meant 5 years ago - not bad for a 70-year-old...

In addition to the planting tubes, a tree planter's outfit consists of a planting bag, rubber boots, worn off sweat pants and a generous splash of Eau-de-mosquitorepellent. Not a pretty sight, but very practical!