Two Bur Oaks and a Crawdad

A group of swamp white oaks Healthy soil is important, but for whom?  In the Garden  The young bur oak would not be kept down. Yet again it revealed itself among the standing dead stalks of a large patch of purple bee balm, a good three feet tall and leafing out. In spring, a bur oak’s leaves look like sharp-edged, glossy cutouts. They are not green, but shade delicately among soft corals, tans and pinks. The green comes a bit later, like a slow-motion wave gently pervading each leathery leaf. The question, as it had been for several years, was what to do with this young newcomer to the garden.  About ten feet away and across the walk from house to garage stands a second bur oak that I’d started from an acorn some twelve years ago. I’ve enjoyed watching it grow its first sets of true leaves, become large enough to attract birds and then mature enough to bear acorns. This winter I limbed it up three feet from the ground, mainly to give the sedges and wild geraniums growing underneath a

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Rivera Sun and Sherri Mitchell
Rivera Sun and Sherri Mitchell of Love (and revolution) Radio contacted me for an interview about native plant gardening and reconciliation ecology. They are warm and encouraging radio hosts. We had a wonderful talk. Here is the link to the podcast

From the Love (and revolution) Radio website: 

"Rivera Sun is a novelist and non-violent mischief maker. She is the author of The Dandelion InsurrectionBillionaire Buddha and Steam Drills, Treadmills, and Shooting Stars. She is also the social media coordinator and nonviolence trainer for Campaign Nonviolence and Pace e Bene. Her essays on social justice movements are syndicated on by PeaceVoice, and appear in Truthout and Popular Resistance.www.riverasun.com.


Sherri Mitchell (Penobscot) is an Indigenous rights attorney, writer and activist who melds traditional life-way teachings into spirit-based movements. Follow her at Sherri Mitchell – Wena’gamu’gwasit." 

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Comments

Fernglade Farm said…
Hi Adrian,

Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the podcast and that I agree with you and respect your choice to provide food and housing for the local (and international) birds and insects.

Your observation about the application of the permaculture principles rather than the replication of an equivalent model was very astute.

Books are everything too! I've never taken a course, but rather pick, test and chose what works here and most of that information comes by way of the art of reading.

Plus, I appreciated hearing of your spiritual beliefs and how they apply to your work in the ecosystem. I respect the Quakers.

Thanks

Chris
Hi Chris, I really appreciate your comments, especially since I'm interested in what you are doing so far away in Australia. I think that books are one of the greatest of human technologies. The poet Gary Snyder wrote that for many of us, "books are our ancestors." Quakerism is my path, but it's just one of many spiritual paths that can lead a person or a whole society to care for their environment in beneficial ways. We must all be allies, I think.
Fernglade Farm said…
Hi Adrian,

Thank you for saying that and also for the excellent quote. Allies is a great way to put it.

Cheers

Chris