A manual for gardening without land (Google / Plenty)

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A manual for gardening without land

On Guerrilla Gardening: A Handbook for Gardening without Boundaries just came out, and it’s well worth a look from anyone considering gardening “underground.” Divided into two parts, author Richard Reynolds’ work discusses the history of the guerrilla gardening “movement” and, for inspired, would-be guerrillas, he also offers helpful how-tos. As you may know, guerrilla gardeners work to beautify — or, at least, to better use — land which is not technically their own. They often turn their attention to public spaces like those ugly median strips along highways and roads, but privately held, abandoned lots or, say, any wastelands languishing between buildings are also fair game. Some people carry their trowels and seeds under the cover of darkness, but others garden with impunity in the middle of the day. How it all turns out depends on the weather — and the attitudes of the real property owners, city fathers, and passersby. Continue reading A manual for gardening without land (Google / Plenty)

Flower Power back in town ? – Greening the City (Google / Deutsche Welle)

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Guerrilla Gardening – Greening the City

Picture 1 : Garden activist Julia Jahnke tends the Rosa Rose community garden in the Berlin district of Friedrichshain. She’s active in the city’s guerrilla gardening scene. Guerrilla gardeners, or garden pirates as some like to be called, see growing things in public spaces — often without permission from authorities — as a kind of activism. Some simply want to beautify the urban landscape; others see it as a political or environmental statement, wanting to raise questions about land ownership or encourage people to rethink their relationship with their urban surroundings and the natural world. The Rosa Rose garden, which was established by guerrilla gardeners on several vacant lots, flourished and eventually become a popular neighborhood meeting place. But authorities destroyed part of it earlier this year. The owner of one of the vacant lots it’s on wants to build an apartment building on the site. The gardeners would like to buy the other two lots to save the garden, but money is a problem.

Picture 2 : Guerrilla gardeners found three vacant lots in the Berlin district of Friedrichshain that had become something of a blight to the neighborhood.

Picture 3 : What was a small project by garden activists at first gathered steam as it attracted more and more people from the neighborhood. They worked together to create a small green oasis in the city.

Picture 4 : The Rosa Rose community garden in Berlin became a popular meeting place for people in the community. Neighbors would gather to spend time together or throw birthday parties. One couple held their wedding there.

Picture 5 : The non-asphalted areas around trees on city sidewalks, tree pits, are often used by bicyclists as parking spaces or dogs as toilets. Guerrilla gardeners think there’s a better use for them.

Picture 6 : A frequent target of guerrilla gardeners, tree pits bursting with green help beautify busy city streets. Ingeborg Neumann, 74, tends two tree pits outside her apartment in Berlin. She doesn’t identify herself as a guerrilla gardener per se, but in effect, shares some of the philosophy of the movement.

Picture 7 : Guerrilla gardeners like taking unused, often abandoned plots of land and turning them into small green oases. Here was a corner behind Berlin’s Natural Science Museum before the guerrilla gardeners launched their attack.

Picture 8 : The once-bare corner became a small green island amid a sea of concrete and brick.

Picture 9 : Guerrilla gardeners aren’t rejecting urban living; they just think could made better through foliage. In Berlin, though, as the construction boom continues, there are fewer and fewer open spaces for gardeners to do their thing.

Guerrilla gardeners green their city on secret moonlit missions (Google / CNN)

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Guerrilla gardeners green their city on secret moonlit missions

By Lara Farrar

LONDON, England (CNN) — On any given day amidst a backdrop of buses, buildings, cars and construction sites, Richard Reynolds can be found bent over pulling weeds, planting flowers or maybe even trimming some shrubs. Sometimes he does it in the morning or in the early afternoon. Often he goes out in the middle of the night because, he says, it’s calmer then, with only him and the plants and the city lights and the stars — and also because, in the darkness, he’s less likely to be arrested for digging up land that doesn’t belong to him. “I have been stopped by the police and threatened with arrest, which was very depressing,” said Reynolds. “They insisted I stop, which I did, but I went back an hour and a half later and finished off the job.” Reynolds calls himself a guerrilla gardener — a horticultural warrior who fights battles with flower bulbs instead of bombs to try to reclaim urban turf that has been neglected or altogether forgotten and beautify it back into green space for the enjoyment of all. Continue reading Guerrilla gardeners green their city on secret moonlit missions (Google / CNN)

When Guerilla Gardeners start annoying you (Gardening Tips ‘n’ Ideas)

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When Guerilla Gardeners start annoying you

Posted: 17 Jun 2008 06:02 PM CDT

I’m a great admirer of guerilla gardeners and the steps they take to beautify our concrete jungles – well at least I was until a couple moved into MY neighbourhood. If you can picture a rural setting with tall Peppermint trees and supporting undergrowth merging into suburbia, then you can imagine our little part of the world. It was one of the reasons we bought our house where we did. There are very few estates developed these days that leave tall trees as a feature and strips of open vegetation that have never been tampered with by mankind. And here in bustling Busselton this little oasis survived. However, some over zealous gardeners have taken it upon themselves to clear up this scraggly habitat and make it – apparently – more visually pleasing. They removed some of the trees on council land and have begun planting “Grandma Plants” in some of the roundabouts. Not that I’m against Grandma plants – just probably not in this setting. And while these gardeners are obviously quite chuffed with their efforts I have to refrain myself from poking my fingers down my throat. It’s such an abomination. The landscape, while admittedly scraggly and untamed, was as it had been for the past millenia. Completely natural. Continue reading When Guerilla Gardeners start annoying you (Gardening Tips ‘n’ Ideas)

Spades and scoops weapons of choice in war on ugly (Google / The Budapest Times)

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Spades and scoops weapons of choice in war on ugly

A movement aimed at combatting the neglect of public spaces is taking a militant approach: using the language of warfare the organisers of the Zöld Vadművelet (Operation Green ) project and the Hegyalja Festival are calling on citizens to take the initiative and do something for their city. Behind its combative image, the project is actually about performing illegal gardening actions overnight to spruce up shabby areas.
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Seed bombs for guerilla gardening (Funnytimehappygardenexplosion)

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Hello, I am an empty lot. I exist in your neighborhood. I’m just a big patch of dirt and some trash. I make my neighbors feel uneasy and sad. No one likes me and it makes me sad too. All over, it is a lose-lose situation.

But maybe you can help me? All I need are some seed bombs. They’re cheap and easy to make. And if you do it right, they are completely self automated and great for the environment. They will be a sight for sore eyes and they will make everyone happy. Especially the butterflies.

Seed Bombs Ingredients
1) powdered clay
2) worm castings
3) wildflower seeds indigenous to the area
4) water
5) mixing container
6) stick

How to Make a Seed Bomb
1) mix 5pt powder clay, 5pt worm castings, 1pt seeds in a mixing container.
2) add just enough water to make a nice muddy clay consistency
3) roll up the mixture into little balls like gum balls
4) let dry in a cool dry place for like 3 days
5) throw them in empty fields.

The middle bomb is a great size.

How they Work
A seed bomb is a little capsule with everything you need to grow a plant all bundled up. The clay has lots of root-encouraging nutrients. The Worm Castings will give the seeds a nice fertilizer, good for land that hasn’t been cultivated or worked on for a while. The indigenous seeds are custom made for your area. They will know how to grow given the conditions.

Now all they need is a nice rain. The perfect time to throw these is right before a light rainy season. The rain will melt the clay to expose the seeds, and your seed bombs will grow.

We had a seed bomb workshop in November. We used California Poppy seeds. Unfortunately there was no rain this year, so we have a whole bunch saved for this fall.

Now it’s your turn. Make seed bombs. Invite your friends. Make your city greener.

From the Guerilla Gardening front (Gppgle / It’s Getting Hot in Here)

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News from the front: Guerrilla Gardening

Published by Morgan, June 8th

We are global warming solutions, and we’re taking matters into our own hands everywhere. Usually we think of the front of climate action as directly opposing new coal plants, challenging political leaders to be climate champions, or fighting for victories on campus. However, in addition to the most strategic campaigns, (which we sorely need) we also need action everywhere, on everything imaginable, to reshape the face of our civilization. In this spirit, the New York Times magazine gives us a report from a different front line, but one that I say is just as much a part of our movement: guerrilla gardening. Continue reading From the Guerilla Gardening front (Gppgle / It’s Getting Hot in Here)

The rise of guerilla gardening (Google / Progressive Review)

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LA TIMES Scott is a guerrilla gardener, a member of a burgeoning movement of green enthusiasts who plant without approval on land that’s not theirs. In London, Berlin, Miami, San Francisco and Southern California, these free-range tillers are sowing a new kind of flower power. In nighttime planting parties or solo “seed bombing” runs, they aim to turn neglected public space and vacant lots into floral or food outposts. Part beautification, part eco-activism, part social outlet, the activity has been fueled by Internet gardening blogs and sites such as GuerrillaGardening.org, where before-and-after photos of the latest “troop digs” inspire 45,000 visitors a month to make derelict soil bloom. “We can make much more out of the land than how it’s being used, whether it’s about creating food or beautifying it,” says the movement’s ringleader and GuerrillaGardening.org founder, Richard Reynolds, by phone from his London home. His tribe includes freelance landscapers like Scott, urban farmers, floral fans and artists. . . Continue reading The rise of guerilla gardening (Google / Progressive Review)

Guerilla gardening (Google / Serious eats)

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Guerilla Gardening

Think that ugly grass-covered road median could use a flower or two? Perhaps even stalks of corn? Transform ugly patches of neglected grass in public spaces to the beautiful and productive land it should be by becoming a guerilla gardener. The Los Angeles Times covers the prevalence of guerilla gardening in L.A. fronted by “green enthusiasts who plant without approval on land that’s not theirs.” While these gardens aren’t always welcomed with open arms, some people recognize the benefit of “citizen gardeners helping cities turn wasted space into food and flowers” and encourage the activity.


For more information about guerilla gardening, visit guerillagardening.org, which features guerilla gardening around London and gives you tips for how to start your own garden.