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Learn Something Every Day! Who Planted the Oak Trees?

Well, you learn something everyday. And I learned something today. I asked a question of those in the car I was in: Where do trees come from, from Heaven or from Earth? By Heaven, I meant the atmosphere.

The reply was from Earth through the roots. The answer to that is, well, frankly, no. The makeup of trees is mostly cellulose, though other compounds are present as well. Trees get their food from photosynthesis. Carbon dioxide and water are combined with energy from the sun to produce sugars and cellulose.

The trees get their carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, the Heavens. The sun comes from there, too. So what about the water? Through the roots, no? Well, yes and no. Most trees do not get their moisture from rivers or lakes and such. They do get the water from the ground, but that water comes from rain and snow -- Heaven!

Only a little bit comes from Earth, such as a few minerals. Now to the response I received from another person in the car. How are most of the oak trees planted? Silence. If the fellow hadn't have slipped up in the question, I might not have realized the answer. From acorns, certainly, but who planted them?

The squirrels. Learning is a great habit.

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MegL wrote on May 16, 2017, 6:46 PM

Squirrels are great planters.

BarbRad wrote on May 17, 2017, 4:22 AM

Funny! I just wrote a Wordless Wednesday post on my gardening blog showing the oak seedling I didn't notice in time growing in my rose garden. It's about a foot high now. I don't see squirrels in the neighborhood often, but I have seen them a couple of times. Of course, I have a huge oak tree living across the street from me. Usually, the acorns blow over into my front flowerbeds, but the rose garden is in the fenced yard with the house in between. A squirrel or a bird has to have helped.

cmoneyspinner wrote on May 18, 2017, 7:06 PM

There was a park in downtown Miami, Florida that had an abundance of squirrels and pigeons. My husband liked to go there and drop bread crumbs for the pigeons and feed thee squirrels nuts. Squirrels are cute little creatures. We have a lot of them in Texas as well. I have to brake for them when driving because they're always dashing across the road. I rambled on because your post bright back a memory, but I got the point of who plants oak trees. :)