The planting of a tree, especially one of the long-living hardwood trees, is a gift which you can make to posterity at almost no cost and with almost no trouble, and if the tree takes root it will far outlive the visible effect of any of your other actions, good or evil. ~George Orwell
How are your trees doing, the ones you planted?
If you haven’t planted any, time to get busy! Fall planting gives the roots time to get established before winter, ensuring stability and adequate nutrients for growth in the spring.
Even low-water trees need regular deep watering in the summer for the first few years, especially where summers are hot and dry (like here in Texas).
Ginkgo biloba leaves, courtesy of ScienceDaily.com
I’ve planted several trees at my place. I’ve lost a few, mostly ones that can’t tolerate a cold Austin winter. These have survived a few years:
moringa (foliage dies with first freeze, comes back from roots in late spring)
When your children are grown, let trees become your babies. Plant them, tend them, enjoy them, and they will outlive you, reminding those who knew you of you, and after everyone who knew you has passed, they will provide for posterity.
These days I’m doing Functional Movement System training 5 days a week and doing 15-20 hours of massage per week. Just had my 62nd birthday, and I’m feeling pretty darn good! Illness, including even seasonal allergies, seems to be avoiding me.
To keep my energy levels high and to feel great, I’m making a green drink each morning. Here’s what I put in it*:
A small handful of berries. I used blueberries today. They contribute to brain health.
Another fruit or combination, like apple, banana, or pineapple. I find green drinks most palatable when just mildly sweet. Avocado is good, too.
Greens. I add a big handful of power greens (chard, kale, mizuna, and arugula), enough to cover a dinner plate well. They add vitamins and minerals and fiber and other healthy benefits.
A chunk of ginger root the size of the end of my thumb, for digestive health.
Same size chunk of turmeric root, an anti-inflammatory.
A bit of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar, up to a tablespoon, for alkalinity, nutrients, and to keep candida levels down (if I haven’t already drunk it in a glass of water).
3 tablespoons of coconut oil for energy.
A half scoop of whey powder for protein. (I use a half scoop because I am small.)