Time to Start Planting…

Do you know how easy it is to plant an acorn? Sooooo easy… Yes… Really, really easy. That is why there is no excuse not to…

This week saw the Autumn equinox, the tipping point that takes into winter. It is at this time the trees are dropping their nutty/ seed bounty. In my local area we see a lot of acorns, chestnuts and pine cones.

As we have all witnessed 2020 has been quite a year for forest fires internationally. With that in mind, it drives me to plant more acorns. Essentially I take on the role of a giant squirrel and you can too.

So how do you do it? There will be local trees to where you live… Ones that are natural to the environment. All you need to do is take a bag and gather the fallen nuts. You can gather as many or as few as you like. Then, when you have your stash of acorns/nuts/conkers take yourself to an area which has tree potential. You can either use a dibber (a kind of stick you make a hole in the ground with) and pop the seed in… or you can go for casting.

Casting simply involves throwing handfuls of acorns and allowing them to land naturally.

Of course there are a few considerations that need to be made when doing this. I ask myself if the land I am launching acorns at would work as an oak forest in the future. I make sure that the acorns don’t end up in people’s gardens. Finally I consider whether the acorns have potential to survive and grow. Manicured lawns that are mowed regularly would not be ideal. However, grassy over-grown land has potential. If you are going to do this then please be discerning.

My dad has been doing this for forty years and enjoys planting on verges by roads, motorways and dual carriageways.

Sooooo with all of the above in mind, one can usually gather acorns and the like until November. Imagine how many trees could be planted between now and then…

Enjoy! If anything it is an opportunity to connect with nature and know you have contributed to the world. I look at it as an opportunity to give back to the planet.

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