Watch “The Hidden Life of Trees By Peter Wohlleben (Book Review)” on YouTube

Do you want to know the secret for having a healthier environment? Baby, it’s trees. I know it doesn’t seem apparent at first. That’s why you’ve got to read this book about the life that trees live. It will change your entire paradigm about forests and city landscapes. It will also give you a deeper understanding of permaculture.

It’s not going to be easy to sum this book up. [I wish I could read the whole thing to the whole world.] There are 36 chapters. Each one has a gem of an idea that shines with brilliance.

First off, trees can communicate. Via their ectomycorrhizal fungi they form partnerships with amongst their roots and they can disperse molecules in the air to warn other trees of impending danger. They are also very caring and feed each other. Even evergreens feed deciduous trees and vice versa.

Second, we find out the odds at which trees are up against. The unforgiving elements [wind, lightning, flood and how that shapes there genetics], parasitic fungi, [animals], poor environment (too many
rocks, too wet, too cold, too hot), and pests like wood boring beetles. We learn how they stand up and form a barrier to protect each other from the wind. And that each specie of tree has it’s own design to manage water and growth patterns via a memory.

[3rd] Then, we learn of their potential. That trees left to their devices do not grow old at 100. Instead some can live 300-1000 years old. The older and Fatter they become the more carbon they absorb. [But deciduous trees do not breath carbon in the winter when no photosynthesis is going on. They breath oxygen just like animals through their roots].

[4th] Interestingly enough, we learn that forests of trees naturally move over time. The next generation of trees creating the new boundaries of the forest. Creeping like the slowest creature across the planet. Rogue seeds catch a ride in the river and in the feathers of a bird. seeds can emigrate on a migrating animal to a more favorable area.

[5th] The big take home, though is that trees provide more valuable services and products when they are alive then when the most of the
forest is harvested and a monoculture forest in put in it’s place.

I love this book and found there is even more fun in the bibliography. You will learn about the behaviors of individual tree species from an experienced forest ranger in Germany. If you own property or help make decisions about trees in your community this book will give you an understanding on how to investigate which trees would be best suited for your area and better care for then in the long run. Get this book and enjoy the hidden life of trees. If you enjoyed this video or learned something new give me a thumbs up and don’t forget to subscribe for more information about permaculture. I’m getting a text book about permaculture in the mail, so we wont
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How Many Trees are in Your Family?

Trees have been here longer than the 200,000 years humans have been crawling and zooming around this planet. We have been effectively removing them though. And as a result the largest, fastest mass extinction is happening right as we’re busied by flairing tempers over our poor economy. John Denver could not have been more correct: “Now is the time to realize all a tree is worth.”

Tree do innumerable things for us, this list is by no means exhaustive, but just a few things I am most thankful for. Trees absorb the carbon we put into the environment. They are water collecting, and purifying machines! They provide food, clean air, tea, and tannins that can clean and heal us from the outside in, medicine. They are alive, and pulsing with energy. Each leaf a precious gem of life. Our place is by their side, burying their fallen branches and fermenting their leaves to feed the soil so the soil can continue to support our lives.

So, what trees do you have in your family? Who is greeting you as the wind whispers through their leaves as you go about your life? Who is your Grandpa/Grandma tree who welcomes you and waits for your hugs, and who is your little baby tree that makes you so proud?
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This peach tree receives my care. As result it fruits nicely, and I am thankful for this tree. I pick the grass around the base. I put down shredded tobacco to chase away pests, and I put spiders on the tree to eat coddling moth that lay their eggs in the fruit. I mulch with organic matter from my yard, cardboard, and branches to hold everything together. When I see any ants, I eat them, they taste like sour candy. Plus, I keep the peach tree trimmed and clear of past due fruit to remove a place for pests to get to the tree.💟