Thursday, June 17, 2010

June 17 - Post Oak - Quercus stellata

The Post Oak Tree

Post Oak Tree

I met a man the other day who was demonstrating how every person can compost their fruit and vegetable skins, seeds, and scraps. He was so inspiring that I want to share what he was demonstrating on this blog today.

He dug a hole in the yard and placed a bucket with holes cut out in the bottom of the bucket. He uses this bucket to put all his fruit and veggie scraps. But, this is not all. He then planted three vegetable plants around the bucket and poles for the veggies to grow up. One side can be left open for space to add the fruit and veggies scraps to the bucket. He was planting tomatoes. It was so great; I am going to start one of these at my Mom's and Sister's house. When I find the card he gave me, I will add his name here.

I also want to recognize another backyard alchemist, as she calls herself. Since, I too, am an alchemist, I feel a kinship with Ms. Amy McCurdy. Please read her posts on backyard alchemy so you can get the scoop on how to compost your veggies and fruit. Thank you Ms. Amy.

The Post Oak tree is a medium sized tree that usually grows up to 40 feet with a diameter of 1-2 feet.
The leaves can be 2-6 inches long. They have distinctive cross-shaped lobes. The leaf is rough textured and the underside is hairy.
I read that the winter look of this tree is right from a horror movie. So check on the winter post of this tree for a view. I will photograph the tree again in Sept. and December.

We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. ~Native American Proverb



  1. What a great method of composting! It's so simple and clever. I love your photograph of the Post Oak tree, and I look forward to seeing it again in other seasons. I appreciate your message, and your reverence for trees and our environment. Thank you for mentioning my article.