The Dedication Of The Acorn

It’s been more than a month since I planted my acorns of White Oak (Quercus alba). Today, I was checking a pot for moisture on a work table and discovered an acorn of White Oak that had been dropped and was just sitting there, split open with a short tap root sticking out. I made up a deep pot with moist soil and planted this gem just beneath the surface. I’m sure it will do its thing and need sunlight for its leaves in a few weeks…

It’s not often one finds a living thing with such patience, optimism and resilience to survive my neglect but there it is.

As it turned out I had a very high germination rate on those acorns, nearly 80% so I have way too many seedlings for my yard. I sense a giveaway campaign in the spring… The White Oak needs space and, despite the size of my yard, I have to live within the bounds set by TLW (The Little Woman) so I may only plant a half-dozen oaks and I have about 80 seedlings happily growing four or more leaves already. For slow-growing trees, these seedlings are like rockets. They can live for centuries and when mature reach 30m in height and 20m in width, not to mention a trunk 2m in diameter. I won’t live to see that but I can get the process started, my little campaign to fight Trump’s insane global warming campaign.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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