So Problogger is having a community writing project for "how to" posts on blogs, and the weather is cooling off. "What can I write?", I ask myself. A how to about Guerrilla Gardening of course! So, here, at the end of most people's growing season, I will talk about planting and growing beautiful, healthy plants in neglected public places for the benefit of the community and the beautification of whatever neighborhood you decide to use as a palette.
Warning: there is no recovery program for horticultural addictions.
I Received a mysterious brown envelope in the mail the other day with no return address and a stamp picturing beans and seeds. The postmark says NY, NY...
When opened, I found my new troop identification card and welcome letter for GuerrillaGardening.org! *grin*
See, I have a confession to make. I am a guerrilla Gardener. I take abandoned, ugly, lackluster, public planters, plots of land, and empty spaces and make them beautiful or productive by planting them full of flowers, landscape plants, or garden goodies. Think of it as community service. I help make the city beautiful, while encouraging people to stop for a moment and enjoy the beauty of simple existence. I started My addiction to nocturnal horticulture this past spring when I saw a link to GuerrillaGardening.org on one of my many favorite websites.
The greatest part about it: It's perfectly legal!
Tied for Second: Making pretty in the city. Getting the kids involved and counting it as community service on the school records.
1) Find a likely neglected spot or several.
2) Be sure it is truly neglected. (cigarette butts are a good clue)
3) Gather up some tools for the job like peat moss, composted manure, natural fertilizer water mix, and seeds or baby plants. (Plant starts are the preferred choice
so you don't have people accidentally stomping on or putting out cigarettes out on your new tender seedlings)
4) Under cover of darkness, prepare the soil for planting.
5) Plant the seedlings and seeds and water well.
6) VERY well.
7) Water at least once every three days for the first week, then switch to once a week or so as you can manage.
9) Replant or replace the things that get smashed by inconsiderate pedestrians.
10) Wait some more.
11) Get rewarded with healthy plants to look at every time you wander by.
12) Don't forget to keep watering, fertilizing with natural fertilizers, and to pollinate flowers if necessary.