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Starting a Grove from Scratch - An Excerpt from A Sanctuary of Trees

Starting a Grove from Scratch - An Excerpt from A Sanctuary of Trees

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As author Gene Logsdon puts it, “We are all tree huggers.” But not just for sentimental or even environmental reasons. Humans have always depended on trees for our food, shelter, livelihood, and safety. In many ways, despite the Grimm’s fairy-tale version of the dark, menacing forest, most people still hold a deep cultural love of woodland settings, and feel right at home in the woods.

In this latest book, A Sanctuary of Trees, Logsdon offers a loving tribute to the woods, tracing the roots of his own home groves in Ohio back to the Native Americans and revealing his own history and experiences living in many locations, each of which was different, yet inextricably linked with trees and the natural world.
As author Gene Logsdon puts it, “We are all tree huggers.” But not just for sentimental or even environmental reasons. Humans have always depended on trees for our food, shelter, livelihood, and safety. In many ways, despite the Grimm’s fairy-tale version of the dark, menacing forest, most people still hold a deep cultural love of woodland settings, and feel right at home in the woods.

In this latest book, A Sanctuary of Trees, Logsdon offers a loving tribute to the woods, tracing the roots of his own home groves in Ohio back to the Native Americans and revealing his own history and experiences living in many locations, each of which was different, yet inextricably linked with trees and the natural world.

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Published by: Chelsea Green Publishing on Jul 30, 2012
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08/09/2012

 
Gene LoGsdon
 A sAnctuAry o
 
trees
B, Bg,Baball Ba, a B
 
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Chapter 17
Starting a Grove romScratch
 Where yu ecie to loat a nw woodlot govns ow o soldgo abot t mo tan t atal plantng mtods o s. Yolmat and gogapal aa wll dtat w ts o an gow  wt t most sss. Natv sps a alwas to b pd. Tasst pla to stat a gov s gt nxt to an xstng woodlot,bas t ts alad gowng t wll povd plnt o sdso nw ts. In at, n ts staton, t wll nvaabl b tooman nw ts. T sond asst pla wold b n towns, sbbs,and ot sdntal aas w lots o mat ts a alad gowng n ads and paks. All o av to do t s qt mowng,and ltall mllons o nw sdlngs wll spng p.Obvosl nt o ts statons s w a nw woodlot ssall dsd. Bt t s v lpl to obsv t as wt wts an spad tmslvs n ts statons. s n on sns a jst bg wds, and t da tat mans nssal av to xpnda lot o tm and mon to plant tm s an assmpton tat aosbas not man popl lv at om n t woods anmo. Jstpovd t gt nvonmnt and ts wll om. I sl don’t want to tz anon wo woks ad at tansplantng sdlngsnto an opn, tlss aa bas ts s good wok. Bt t s so mas to lt nat, sqls, bds, and wnd do t, o o mans to
 
 A SANCTUARY OF TREES
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plant t sds, not tansplant sdlngs. I am amazd v a att tnat and psstn o natv oaks, mapls, lms, kos,blak walnts, wld s and ass skng to ngl m gadnsand ad wt sdlngs. Indd, lvng nxt to woodland, w spndnal as m tm sppssng nw ts as w do ong otgla wds.  sdlngs spall lov aspb pats andaspaags ows bas w don’t ltvat t sol n ts aas,lng nstad on ml to ontol wds.  sds lov pmanntml. Ts a n t aspbs a mlb spotd. I wakdt o n Ma wn t was abot sx ns tall and togt tat wast nd o t. In Agst, t t was agan, gowng vgoosl—olttl tnks om t ognal on, t bggst o w was gtt tall! Tnk o tat: gt t o gowt n t monts. Fvnw as sdlngs tat t aspb ans ad ddn om m vw nab w v t tall. Ts av to b t ot blow gondo spad wt wd kll—and tat won’t nssal kll tmt. Blak walnt, on o o most vd ts o ts nts andts wood, s spall botsom. On o tm am p nsd asvb bs n t ad w I dd not not t and w tmow old not a t. B t nd o t sond a, t was svnt tall, stkng baznl abov t svb. Blak walnt san spall toblsom wd aond t gadn bas at ongts stablsd, t jglon n ts oots (as pontd ot al) anposon som gadn plants. Yo don’t want ts t gowng los totomatos, appl ts, o aspaags, o xampl. It gows amazngl ast n ts alst as, spall  o t t o at gond lvl att gows abot sx ns tall. Tn t al laps bak ot o t sol. T st ddton to mak  s tat  o a statng a govnxt to an xstng woodlot, o n a gass o bs lot sonddb stablsd sdntal landsapng, o wll soon av tsgowng t wtot dong antng at all. Ts s dflt o t wokaol Aman to blv. Wwant to st ot nw ts t wa w st ot tomato plants, vtng natl n ows and lan andpop, not wd, bs, slopp aas o t nw ts to gow n.Bt tnk o all t gas mon o wll not av to spnd n mowng

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