Cool light rain.


After a week of searing heat, light gentle rain fell most of the day. I enjoyed many hours and changes of wet clothes, to harvest the abundant cherry tomatoes. Today reducing them to tomato paste with a couple of bottles of chilli tomato sauce.


Lots growing in the garden that could be value added.  Peppermint, dried into tea, bay leaves, tomatoes for drying, pineapples, for dehydrating, valerian, for tea, sage, thyme, mint, lemon grass, abundant and ideal for mulch.



In Peter Wohlleben’s inspiring book, THE HIDDEN LIFE OF TREES, he tells of the science in understanding how trees learn. It is now an accepted fact that a root network is in charge of all the chemical activity in a tree. Roots absorb substances and bring them into the tree. In the other direction, they deliver the products of photosynthesis to the tree’s fungal partners and even route warning signals to neighboring  trees.

tree4 Strangler fig capturing a dead sally wattle.

In conjunction with his colleagues, Frantisek Baluska from the Institute of Cellular and Molecular Botany at the University of Bonn is of the opinion that brain-like structures can be found at the root tips. In addition to signalling pathways, there are also numerous systems and molecules similar to those found in animals. When a root feels its way to the ground, it is aware of stimuli. Researchers measured electrical signals that lead to changes in behaviour after they were processed in a “transition zone.” If a root encounters  toxic substances, impenetrable stones or saturated soil, it analyzes the situation and transmits the necessary adjustments to the growing root. The root tip changes direction as a result of this communication and steers the root around the critical areas.

THE HIDDEN LIFE OF TREES is not only a meditation but a fact filled book. Read it and you will view a tree in a inspired way.



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