Scoodoo Action – One Tree, One Planet 2

_DSC9772Humans and trees have always lived together. Trees have provided humans with shelter, food, fuel, company and a peaceful place to rest and reflect. In the past, humans understood the importance of forests and woods, they used to take care of them, they respected trees. In every culture trees and woods were sacred. The concept of the tree searching down into the deep soil with its roots, stretching its branches into the sky and the leaves unfurling to converse with the sun and heavens, became the Tree of Knowledge, Tree of Life , The World Tree, common to so many cultures through the times and throughout the world.

Legends and stories from all over the world tell the same tale, crossing the boundaries of races, cultures and religions; that trees and humans belong together.  Trees unite humanity.

The earth is changing; human population has exploded, the trees are vanishing, vanquished by the ever-increasing pressures of population expansion. But the planet needs trees, humans need trees, all living things need trees. Now more than ever trees should be sacred, literally, Trees of Life

You can act now! Take a simple first step:  find a seed of a tree, sow it and watch it grow. Nurture it, and when it is big enough, plant it.

You don’t need to own a garden or woodland. The world is full of empty unused spaces that would be enhanced with trees. Not every seed germinates, not every seedling survives to become a tree. But every sown seed, every planted seedling is a chance, the beginning of hope, a restoration of the ancient bond between humans and trees. Scoodoos are inviting humans to take action now; we need more trees!

Scodoos Facebook Event – Scoodoo Action, One Tree, One Planet. 8.00 am December 21st 2012   – 6.00 pm Jan 6th 2013 – your local time. Join us…

Imagine if everyone grew just one tree… if everyone grew one tree each year… every year…

It is EASY

Trees From Seeds (L-R0: Pear tree, Loquat and Spindle

Trees From Seeds (L-R): Pear tree, Loquat and Spindle

  1. Select the container – a plastic pot, an old yogurt carton with holes punched in the base, or make a newspaper pot, its easy see how!_DSC0568
  2. Fill the pot with some compost or soil.
  3. Sow the seeds, cover by about twice their depth, big seeds are sown deeper than small seeds.

    Sow big seeds deeper (L-R): small seeds, medium seed, big seeds, large seed).

    Sow big seeds deeper (L-R): small seeds, medium seed, big seeds, large seed).

  4. Many seeds like apples and acorns from temperate climates like to be outside in the winter, leave them in the cold and rain. In warmer climates seed pots of tropical and Mediterranean plants can be placed outside or kept on a windowsill so you can watch them everyday. Make sure that your seed pots don’t dry out.
  5. Some seeds can take a few months to start germinating, look out for a pair of round green leaves. The start of a new tree…
Recycle yogurt pots, make pots from newspaper and re-use old flower pots

Recycle yogurt pots, make pots from newspaper and re-use old flower pots

Apple pips can be sown to grow a nice crab apple tree!

Apple pips can be sown to grow a nice crab apple tree!

For more details about growing trees from seed see the Scoodoos “Trees From Seed” information below

‘Trees From Seeds- Lets Grow Together” – Scoodoos 

Sowing a seed of a tree and watching it grow can very easy, no matter where you live. Seeds are living things. Inside a seed there is a tiny plant, an embryo. It is dormant, waiting for the conditions to be right so that it can germinate and grow. Germination is a big journey and major event for the tiny embryo, it is a journey from the dark earth into the bright light.

To help it on its journey, it has with it a store of food, this is what makes up the bulk of the seed structure. To protect the embryo, and its food store, the seed has as an outer layer, a protective coat. This ensures that the food and the embryo are protected from pests, diseases and cold and rain, keeping the embryo safe and the food fresh.

When the conditions are right the enbryo will grow, a root will emerge and grow into the soil seeking water and providing anchorage for the young plant as the shoot grows from beneath the soil and into the air. Seeds need water, they need air to breathe and every tree has its preferred temperature for germination. If the temperature is too cold, the embryo will stay curled up inside the seed, and it wont awaken from its dormant slumber if it does not have water. Once awake it wil only grow if it has air to breathe.

Collecting Seeds

  • Collect seeds from trees, in parks, roadsides, get them from fuits that you buy or purchase seeds. E.g. Acorns, walnuts and conkers can be found on the ground in parks, pips from apples, mango and citrus can be saved from fruits that are eaten, and berries such as rowan and mulberry can picked from trees. Depending on where you live in the world, different plants will be more suitable. Choose a plant that will grow in your climate.
  • Extract the seeds from the fruit or nut. Mushy berries can be squashed, wash the pulp away in a sieve, be careful not to lose the seeds, they can be very small. Pick out bigger seeds from fruits such as apples. Give them a rinse and dry them on some paper if you are not going to sow immediately. Nuts such as hazel nuts may need to have the outer shell cracked and removed, be careful not to damage the seed inside.

Sowing Seeds

  • You will need a container, compost and water. For containers you can use old yogurt cartons, reuse old plastic plant pots or even make a pot from newspaper. See the video here to how easy it is to make a newspaper plant pot. Make sure that any pot or container that you use has some drainage holes (expet newspaper pots).
  • The compost can be from a compost heap, you can purchase seed compost from a shop or garden centre or even use some soil from a garden . Whatever source you use, it is better if the compost is a bit gritty and free draining.
  • Make sure the compost or soil is moist but not too wet.
  • Place the compost/soil in the copntainer and fill loosely to the top, then gently press it down about 1 cm (less than 1/2 inch)
  • Seeds vary a lot in size. Big seeds go deeper. As a guide sow seeds to a depth where twice their size is covered in compost/soil. For very big seeds you can sow one per pot, make a hole with your finger and place the seed in, then cover it with some compost/soil.
  • The smallest seeds can be scattered on the top of the compost, give them some space, dont have them touching each other. Then use a sieve to cover the seed with a little compost/soil. See how a horticulturist does it in this video.
  • In temperate areas many tree seeds need some cold weather in the winter, so place the seed pots in a sheltered area outside where they will get rain and cold. The seed will then germinate in Spring, e.g. apples. Seeds which originate from warmer areas like Mediteranean or tropics will need more heat.
  • If placing seed pots outside in winter, covering the surface of the compost with a little grit can help discourage the growth of moss on the compost. Moss can hinder the germinating seed.

Minding Your Sown Seeds

  • Check them frequently and regularly that the compost/soil does not dry out. If the surface looks dry, you will need to add some water. Be careful not to wash out the seeds, use a watering can fitted with a fine rose or even better, sit the pots in a little water for about 20 minutes until you see the compost surface get wet again. Remove from the water and allow the ecess water to drain out of the compost.
  • With many seeds the first signs that they have germinated is the appearance of two round leaves. Make sure that the plant does not dry out. When the seedlings get a bit bigger they will need to be transferred to their own pots or bigger pots. Dont worry, we will show you how to do this later when the seeds get to that stage. Some seeds may take a few months to germinate, so be patient.

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