Lovely Garden Question Of The Week -- One Acorn At A Time
“Our ordinary mind always tries to persuade us that we are nothing but acorns, and that our greatest happiness will be to become bigger, fatter, shinier acorns; but that is of interest only to pigs. Our faith gives us knowledge of something better: that we can become oak trees.”
~ E. F. Schumache
A neighbor gave me a number of acorns from her beautiful and prolific tree so I can grow new trees from it. How should I plant them?
~ Alex Morales, Lecanto, Florida
One of my favorite things to do is to enjoy planting oaks to insure that oak trees (and others) will still be around for future generations to enjoy.
Gather up and plant acorns as soon as they ripen. You will notice the best results from acorns that have just turned brown from green. Collect firm insect free acorns either directly off the tree or immediate after noticing they have hit the ground.
Acorns are planted two inches deep in rows, generally directly in the garden after tilling and amending the soil with organics. Then, cover the area with a mesh wire or screen to prevent squirrels and other rodents from digging up the acorns.
Each spring, as soon as the saplings appear, transplant them to a permanent location.
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