These are knuckle duster days. The people of the planet are waking up. They certainly are in Kanata, an I.T. implant of Ottawa. This is all under the influence of greed. I was the keynote speaker for the inaugural ForeverGreen fundraising gala put on by the Kanata Greenspace Protection Coalition. This was to put up a financial wall between the residents of Kanata and three hungry corporations. The Honourable Jean Chrétien wanted five minutes of my time and instead Sir Terry Matthews got more than he asked for. Everybody enjoyed themselves, except for the Mayor of Ottawa, Jim Watson. He was silent, brooding. Things are changing.
Now, for the crux of the matter. In the six months I have been on the road speaking for the trees. As my friend E O Wilson says, “who speaks for the trees, speaks for all of nature”. My latest book To Speak for The Trees, My Life’s Journey from Ancient Celtic Wisdom to a Healing Vision of the Forest, was written to go hand-in-hand with the film Call of the Forest, The Forgotten Wisdom of Trees. What is interesting to me is that parents, teachers, and educators are now buying both. People want to make a difference. They feel the need to plant trees and protect the land. Before you start planting, you need to know that trees are custom made by nature to fit and fill a given place.
I will give you a better idea about this. Try putting on your children’s shoes, or maybe a friend’s shoes, or a wife if not a husband’s. They will either be too big or too small, but one thing is sure, the fit is never perfect. The same thing works for trees.
Trees and forests grow from seeds. The seeds may come from flowers, nuts, or cones. Some years produce a poor crop of seeds for reasons that are not fully understood. And sometimes trees have a cycle like the sugar maple, Acer Saccharum. You can probably see a Canadian Sugar Maple outside your window in the street or garden. This is the simple part. There are around 150 species of this particular tree across the planet. They all, more-or-less, do the same thing. They have sex in the spring. It can be heterosexual or homosexual or can polygamodioecious. This eyebrow raiser is something else again. The tree can be essentially heterosexual and can have homosexual activity on some parts or sometimes all of the tree is given over to a unity of such taste – Tell that to the Pope!
In addition to this sexual conundrum, the fertility cycle can be huge every seven years or, as I have found in my research garden, once every fifty years or so the sexual cycle is colossal. The seed production is massive and there is not one single university on the planet who can give you a good reason for this unique phenomenon.
So to plant trees from seeds, look up the videos at the end of the Tree App, then ask around, educate yourself as much as you can, talk to farmers and seniors, then to gardeners. Read my books and other people’s books. Go out and buy a good shovel at a farm auction and use it!
And by the way, I am starting with the scouts and girl guides next week. They will have a busy year – I can guarantee you that…