On Planting Your Home (Planet) Orchard

Sarasota/Florida ECO Report
June/July, 1997

"It is impossible for man to evolve mentally unless s/he participates in
the creation of the world. This is a very simple way to participate. Fruit
trees and nut trees marry the earth and sky. They give shade and food.
They are a powerful symbol. To plant a tree along a public road,
that is an act of generosity. Lack of heart, lack of generosity,
is the real disease of our world."

—Bernard Moitessier

On Planting Your Home (Planet) Orchard

by Don Weaver

I've been gratefully enjoying a growing supply of fantastic mineralized fruit in recent years, and now I find my home orchard is fully planted! So I accept a soft place under a freshly-leafing chocolate persimmon to encourage you to share this inspired feeling of shared nurturance and nourishment of mind-body-spirit. . . and Earth! Have you noticed the countless efforts made to experience greater health of indivisible mind-body-spirit, but too often "Earth" is divided off or forgotten and an essential unity is severed or misplaced? Please never undervalue the soil Earth-Health complex of beautiful relationships. Don't we all want and truly need more beautiful relationships in our lives!? Might you start on your present "homestead"? If you see any soil and receive about 6 or more hours per day of sun, and live south of the Arctic Circle, your chances are excellent.

To consciously begin your symbiotic relationship with the Earth by planting orchards and gardens is a direct, radical step toward total perfect health for you and the Earth—for you as a caring, intelligent part of the Earth. As your caring translates to giving wisely and generously to soil-and-Earth, Nature's response translates into the natural spectacle of Healthy Abundance and Fruitfulness. This includes Nature offering back the beautiful, pure, vibrant living foods we need for real human health, thus completing this really sacred symbiotic relationship cycle.

If you aren't aware how strongly and urgently the Earth and humanity are crying out for this "win-win" relationship, it only takes a little time and study—or simple observation—to become "painfully aware" of humanity's local/global confusion and "relationship problems"!

So, if you're exploring the course of wisdom and this work of re-greening and regeneration sounds wise, shall I now tell you "how-to"? I'd say please question all "how-to's," especially as each moment and circumstance and set of interrelationships is unique and new, but I'll suggest some principles to consider:

1) Soil organisms largely "run the show" below and above ground, so to ensure them a generous supply of their natural diet of mixed rock minerals and organic compounds—such as your own homemade composts and mulches—seems of primary importance.

2) Find good tree (and seed, etc.) sources using organic methods and give them your main patronage. I've also "adopted" a number of free or inexpensive trees from un-organic nurseries, knowing with TLC and plentiful "feeding" could help them "get off drugs" and become upstanding members of the Healthy Tree Community. I'll list some better tree nurseries. Some trees may be grown by you from seed although the seedling may be quite different than the parent! My nectarine tree from seed gives wonderful fruit.

3) Try to fertilize at least adequately in the planting hole and also in the future rooting area surrounding. In typical infertile, tough ground I use pick and spade to make a hole approx. 2' deep and 3' across, place the tree at the right level (about where it was in nursery as usually visible, and definitely below any graft union), then mix the rock/gravel dust and compost back in with the original soil in roughly a 5-20-75% ratio. then I leave a good compost/dust mulch and future nutrient supply, berming up the outside to create a wide watering basin. In richer soil like garden soil a smaller hole and less immediate root zone nutrition may be fine. Consider all the tree catalog suggestions, also library books if you wish (but question those "how-to's," especially when they sound unnatural), water the trees as needed, and enjoy a pure and beautiful relationship!

It is said, "the reward of service is more service!" As for me, completing this suburban orchard and garden planting "miraculously" coincides with an invitation to join Hawaii friends to plant orchards and gardens and tree nursery, etc. on 11 acres there. I'll likely be there much of 1997 and beyond. Let's be in touch as we keep planting the home planet!

"Then what is the answer?. . . Integrity is wholeness, the great beauty is
Organic wholeness, the wholeness of life and things, the divine beauty of
the universe. Love that, not man apart from that, or else you will share
man's pitiful confusions, or drown in despair when his days darken."

Robinson Jeffers

Organic Tree Nurseries

1) Bear Creek Nursery, POB 411, Northport WA 99157

2) Burnt Ridge Nursery & Orchards, 432 Burnt Ridge Rd., Onalaska WA 98570. (360) 985-2873

3) Earth's Rising Trees, POB 334, Monroe OR 97456. (541) 847-5950

4) Northwoods Nursery, 27635 S. Oglesby Rd., Canby OR 97013

5) Raintree Nursery, 391 Butts Rd., Morton WA 98356. (360) 496-6400

6) Sonoma Antique Apple Nursery, 4395 Westside Rd., Healdsburg CA 95448. (707) 433-6420

7) St. Lawrence Nurseries, 325 State Hwy. 345, Potsdam NY 13676. (315) 265-6739

8) Edible Landscaping, POB 77, Afton VA 22920. (434) 361-9134

Rock Dust Sources

1) Spiral Stonemeal, POB 2104, Cupertino CA 95015 – (800) 253-8710

2) See Remineralize the Earth Magazine below for US and worldwide listings

Recommended Reading

1) Remineralize the Earth, 152 South St., Northampton MA 01060 ($15-25/yr.) (413) 586-4429

2) The Survival of Civilization by John Hamaker and Don Weaver ($12 postpaid from Hamaker-Weaver Publishers, POB 1961, Burlingame CA 94011)

3) Solar Age or Ice Age? Bulletin #10 (366 pg., 1989, $10 dnation) and #11 (18 pg., 1997, $5 donation) from Don Weavr, POB 1961, Burlingame CA 94011

4) The Man Who Planted Trees by Jean Giono (1985, Chelsea Green)

By permission of Author


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