Guerrilla Gardening

Guerrilla gardening is the act of utilizing public lots, sidewalk cracks, and public wasted space for gardening. It’s about sharing your green thumb with public by planting and maintaining neglected land. The first known case was back in 1973 in which two gardeners took over an abandoned lot and transformed it into a garden. But people have been utilizing land for hundreds of years to grow potatoes, tomatoes, and anything else you can think of. I recently spotted an example of guerrilla gardening at my work. Normally, it’s just a barren patch of land under the olive trees but recently I’ve been spotting a large vine. My suspicions were confirmed when I came by the other day and found not one but two pumpkins growing. I’m kicking myself for not thinking of it myself. I had some squash seeds I couldn’t utilize and I gave them away.

Guerrilla Gardening Stories and Links

Start Your Movement: Starting Your Own Guerrilla Movement

The Tricks of the Trade: Seed Bombs

Pro-Guerrilla Gardening: Great article on city gardening movement.

Anti-Guerrilla Gardening: An article on a man in Boulder, Colorado, and how he is being cited for his hard work.

Weburbanist: Another great example of Guerrilla Gardening, I love the flowers under the grate.

Le Blog Exuberance: Examples of using Native plants for public gardening.

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