Thylacine wrote:Ahh... but you don't plant the oaks in your garden (unless there is room), you plant them elsewhere - somewhere they'll thrive - on land which isn't yours - it's subversive, irresponsible but ultimately beneficial.... Naturalist fanatic that I am.
Thylacine wrote:OK guys - you need to be finding your acorns now. The bigger the better and don't let them dry out! In my experience you get about 80% germination so don't over estimate. You need to plant them in a small individual pot with soil.
Thylacine wrote:Just thinking about this earlier as I was collecting acorns locally*, probably easier for people to just collect acorns and plant them in suitable areas - sapling oaks are a bit prone to being eaten by rabbits but if you'd rather not illegally plant an oak then acorns are a suitable alternative. All you need is to keep them moist before planting and then with a stout stick make a hole in the ground and put in the acorn and cover it up. Watch in the spring for signs of growth. If we can add another 20 or more Oaks in the UK then I'm happy!
I'd avoid the small or brown acorns - get as big and as green as you can. Also miss out on the ones bitten into by wood mice.
*Embarassingly enough I was forraging around under mature oak trees with my mountain bike and socks stuffed with acorns pretending not to be weird!
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