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Thursday, December 20, 2012

When you plant a tree, you believe in the future.

The Mayan Calendar for sale in a Mexican shop.



On the Winter Solstice, 12/21/12 at 6:12am EST, the Mayan calendar stops. I can't decipher the calendar, so I personally don't have any way to verify that this assessment is true, but this impending date has engendered many interesting responses. As an example, see the dire weather forecast for this week, which has gone viral on the Internet.


So..., we'll see what happens tomorrow.
An interesting weather forecast!

But if you believe in the future, you'll plant a tree before the day ends because…

When you plant a tree, you believe in the future.


If we all plant at least one tree today, maybe our collective efforts will prevent the world from ending. Of course, I'd highly recommend a native tree from local stock. So go to the FANN (Florida Association of Native Nurseries) consumer website, to find the nearest FANN member with the trees you'd like to plant. www.PlantRealFlorida.org.

Plant some more trees on Florida's Arbor Day, which is the third Friday in January. This year it's 1/18/13--that is if we are still around.

The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago.
The second best time is today.
                     – Chinese Proverb


Thank you for helping to in the effort to save the world.
Ginny Stibolt

 

Resources:

Trees & Shrubs: the "Bones" of your Landscape, my article, which includes directions for how to plant a tree and how much irrigation a tree needs to survive depending upon its size. This is important information when planting trees in the winter, Florida's dry season.

∙ Trees brighten city streets and delight nature-starved urbanites. Now scientists are learning that they also play a crucial role in the green infrastructure of America’s cities. "What is a tree worth?" by Jill Jonnes and published by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

∙ For some regional recommendations for the best native trees to plant, more details on Arbor Day history, and how it's celebrated in Florida, read Florida's Arbor Day: third Friday in January.

1 comment:

  1. That's actually the Aztec calendar, not the Mayan calendar! http://www.maya12-21-2012.com/mayan-versus-aztec-calendars.html

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