As Advent Advances, and the Immaculate Mary as Earth
a series of daily contemplations on birth through the eyes of earth
"A newly developing plant embryo, unlike a human embryo, has no sterile womb in which to grow and so, in a sense, makes its own. As soon as germination begins, the new plant starts releasing compounds though its tiny root system to essentially make a sterile zone around the emerging rootlet. This action protects the seed from harmful organisms and makes space in the soil for its growth." from The Lost Language of Plants by Stephen Harrod Buhner.