Monday, March 10, 2014

Trees, trees, and more trees

Ken planted 8 trees on Sunday - two desert soapberries, two desert peaches, two jojobas and two desert willows. (Latin names here.)

Today Ken pointed me to Tree Crops: A Permanent Agriculture, by J.Russell Smith. It's a bracing and polemical diatribe with much to recommend it. Smith favors the planting of trees over tilling the soil and he tells you why. The book is free to read online. My favorite line in the article is this:
After the man the desert.
It reminds me that Los Angeles, with its deep, verdant, and possibly temporary greenery, is also a desert. It is made NOT a desert not by careful stewardship and conservancy but by stealing from rivers, and that by the mining and burning of coal.

I was warned by friends that I would not be able to garden in the desert, that the heat and wind and lack of water would make that impossible. I think gardening in the desert requires a different mindset, learning a different way of valuing, and a different way of measuring time. We'll see.

Sea Buckthorn - Hippophae
Still on my tree list:
  • Mesquite
  • Manzanita
  • Palo Verde
  • Ironwood
  • Pistachio
  • Mullberry
  • Jujube
  • Pomegranate
  • Sea Buckthorn
  • Goji