Monday, January 12, 2015

Trees, Trees, Trees . . .

Permaculture Logo found in Bill Mollison's Introduction to Permaculture


A tree is like a two way fountain.

A tree has a capability to pump clean and fresh water downward, deeper into the soil so as to wash away salts, thus helping maintain the health of the soil. Her roots help maintain the health and integrity of the soil, and regulate subterranean water systems.

A tree can also pump clean and fresh water into the atmosphere, helping to form clouds so as to spread water near and far. They do this in a process they call transpiration. Trees are an essential mediator of the Earth's water cycle. Why is there no rain in the desert? Lack of trees, lack of plants. Cut down trees you lose fresh surface water to the ocean.

A tree can perform many other tasks. It has a great capacity to do work. They have the ability to stimulate objects of their surrounding and help maintain living objects. Trees are the machines God gave us. We don't need an overabundance of technology because the greatest objects of invention are already given to us. All we need to do is understand how to use them and where to place them. Observing nature helps us to learn.  See that tree on top of a hill or up in the mountains?  Do you think God or Mother Nature placed it there by mistake?  A tree is connected to all the atoms of the Universe, not to mention all the objects of this Earth.  We have to conceive how they work in connection to all things of this Earth and then imitate.  

Trees play a profound role in Earth's ecosystem.

A tree can

* Provide harvest to man and animal (fruits, nuts, etc.)

* Provide mulch to cover the soil so that a farmer or gardener doesn't have to til. He can just throw a clay seed ball underneath the mulch and let it spring up.

* Work as a canopy to protect species of plants and animals and Man from overexposure to the Sun. Grass used to feed cattle grows better with some tree cover.

* Provide oxygen to the atmosphere (as the ocean steels from the atmosphere because we've dumped so many metals into the oceans).

* Work as a windbreak. If you cut down whole forests guess what happens? Air rushes across the Earth's surface further than it would have had the forests not been cut down. This may induce more extreme temperature shifts. Trees can also work as a windbreak to funnel high velocity air to windmills.

* Improve the soil. Trees can draw up nutrients, help maintain soil intregrity, help keep bacteria in soils, help pump fresh water downgrade, pushing salts deeper.

* Habitat: serve as the home of many species from birds to monkeys. This is good because the presence of these animals helps to fertilize the soil.

* Rain Dispersal: hinted at above. Some natural farmers never irrigated because they thought their trees would provide enough rain. They surround and bedeck their crops with trees. Think of a Rain Forest!

* Guilds: they help a diversity plants underneath, as well as other trees and vice versa. All living things are interrelated. Certain living forms help each other. Some diversity is good. Planting an orchard of a single species is bad.  Monoculture is human ignorance and arrogance. Planting a diversity of fruit trees makes it more difficult for harmful insects to take out a whole orchid because they have to run an obstacle course of diverse species.

* Pollen: Provide pollen to bees which are slowly disappearing from the Earth.

* Tiller:  Trees till soil.

* Wipe one's ass.  One can use the leafs of a tree to wipe one's ass or blow one's nose instead of cutting down the tree to provide the paper so as to wipe one's ass or blow one's nose.  

Thank God for trees! One would think that understanding this one would only cut down a tree if absolutely necessary. Understanding this would prevent us from doing stupid things like cutting down whole forests for sordid newspapers, pornographic magazines, and endless New York bestseller novels. One would think that natives and governments would never allow trees to be senselessly cut down, especially since we now have other ways of communication.

Anyway why bother complaining? Just enjoy the trees until they become extinct and we along with them. Enjoy the poetry of a tree:

I THINK that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the sweet earth's flowing breast;

A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

A tree that may in summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;

Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.

Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.

Trees, by Joyce Kilmer

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