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Guerrilla gardening is gardening on another person's land without permission, making your city more beautiful to live in.

We cultivate land, where we're not supposed to.

Guerrilla gardening : We cultivate land, where we're not supposed to.

Guerrilla gardening is gardening on another person's land without permission.

The land that is guerrilla gardened is usually abandoned or neglected by its legal owner and the guerrilla gardeners take it over ("squat") to grow plants.

Guerrilla gardeners believe in re-considering land ownership in order to reclaim land from perceived neglect or misuse and assign a new purpose to it. We strive to be ecologically responsible, and avoid planting invasive species.

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Replacing shaded muddy grass patch with native ground cover

Hi all, I need some local advice.

There is a patch of grass near my home where the post box is for our street. Over the winter most of the grass died off, a snowplow took off the rest, and it’s underneath some trees so not much sun - and it’s now a patchy bit of dirt. It does not belong to any property, but the local government trims the grass when it gets long.

Because it’s now patchy dirt, I want to get in there before it gets re-seeded with grass, and spread some local native ground-covering plant that won’t get destroyed by the semi-regular grass cutting. But I’m an immigrant, and I am still learning about what’s actually native where I live and what isn’t, and I don’t want to fuck this up.

I live in southern Quebec; what grass-replacement native plant could I use? And would I be able to buy the seeds somewhere, or do I need to go out there and find the plant and harvest some seeds?

Alternatively, I did save a bunch of native wildflower seeds from my garden last year; I could technically go in there and plant those, but with both the mowing and the shade, I don’t think they will thrive, and I feel they will get removed.

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How to counteract weed killer

Is there any way to counteract, or at least lessen the effects of weed killer? The gardening company for my block of flats just sprayed some over the green bushy plants that grow in between the cracks of the concrete pavement (which I quite like). Is there anything I can do for these little guys? Would water maybe water down the solution and make it less effective?

We recently did our first guerrilla gardening project by planting on a planter right in front of our ground-floor flat windows, this planter was dully abandoned by the building management. I've been reading about weed killers and how they are indiscriminate and can be damaging for the soil/nearby plants, and now I'm also worried for our planter, as the liquid was sprayed at the bottom of it.

I'm new to this so any help is very appreciated!

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Abandoned graves

Most days I walk the stroller on our local cemetery. It's a huge one, there are people buried there who died up to 100 years ago. This is Europe, so many of the old graves don't have the top slab on, they are only covered with dirt with intention to grow flowers on top. A granite raised bed, if you please. The thing is, while many of the graves are attended to, there are many, many that have not been visited in years. How do I know: if you are not familiar with the practice - in many European countries, All Hallows day and the day after is a grave visiting holiday. It's a major thing in our country and people migrate from far and wide to visit the graves of their loved ones, since it is also a common practice to want to be buried in ones home town, even when living elsewhere. The graves visited have glass candle holders on them, fake flowers, wreaths, the "open" graves are tilled and weeded, the signs maintained. The abandoned graves don't have anything. The city maintains the land around the graves but not the graves themselves - i.e. if a headstone falls down they won't pick it up, they won't remove old decorations or maintain the graves in any way.

So there are many graves that have most likely not been visited in years, and many that maybe have visitors, but they live far away and don't visit every year and don't maintain the graves. You can see where this is going.

I want to till and plant the abandoned open graves. Most of the graves grow are in the shade of the trees but many are in full sun. The city provides free water on the cemetery so there's no issue with watering. I have already started my research, and I want to focus on plants that are going to look their best around All Hallows, so the visitors of other graves may admire them. I can go to cemetery almost daily for at least another year (my kids nap time), but my plan for later is perennials and mulching.

Maybe someone will take it as invasion of their privacy. I would be more offended by invasion grass and moss on the grave of a loved one. I have already ordered the seeds and I am loading up the stroller with hand tools. The tilling starts today. Wish me luck!

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How to cover neighbour’s ugly storage roof?

My balcony of my apartment is facing a kind of typical Amsterdam courtyard. One of the neighbours has a shed/storage of which the roof is covered by a metallic material. It is rusty and looks horrible.

I do not have access to the roof but I can easily throw something from balcony.

Is there a way to cover this with plants?

It is very common to cover those roofs with sedum but I am not sure if I can do it in guerrilla way.

I am hoping to get some advices.

19:39 UTC


For invasive plants, when is it best to pull and best to leave them be?

I’m constantly finding invasive plants and wanting to rip them out and dispose of them, but I know for some plants this can actually increase their production and spread them further in the environment.

What are some invasive plants that can be removed (in zone 6, northwestern missouri) without spreading spores/seeds? And should I replant a native species in their place to prevent invasives from coming back?

I want to do what I can to get rid of invasives in my community, but I’m so scared to remove them in public places lest they return with a vengeance!

Appreciate any help.

16:36 UTC


I've been sat on the motherload all these years and I didn't know - Secret Garden

15:29 UTC


Seed bombs? Necessary?

I understand planting seeds or plants in unmaintained areas. Obviously you need some sort of access to the site, legal or not.

Are most areas of interest just fenced off? From the areas I think could need guerrilla gardening mostly need removal of invasive plants for anything to possibly work out.

So maybe there’s some explanation needed. Where are seed bombs going? How successful are they, really?

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Do seed bombs work when tossed into a lush green field already filled with plants?

I had the idea to seed bomb my city, starting with this big grassy field that some developer never does anything about. It’s super lush though and covered with grasses and your average east coast USA invasives like dandelions etc. Would the seeds even be able to take root with competition like that? Or should I focus on seed bombing places that are less green?

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Made it through asphalt, past grille and mesh, and survived a chopping

15:11 UTC


bradford pear assassination

spotted several callery pear trees in full cummy bloom in the lot behind the community garden. how would I go about quietly nuking said trees without dragging out a chainsaw in a residential zone?

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San Francisco recs: apple tree

Long story short: I have a few apple tree seedlings, but no yard to put them in. Looking for recommendations on places I can plant them where they won’t become a nuisance/won’t be insta-mowed by the city.

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Guerrilla Gardening is Anti-Social but its not anti-social

I speak for myself but i hope that you agree.

There are two definitions. One is the idea of being contrary to the laws and customs of society. We are chaotic and do not recognize ownership when we see neglect and take things into our own hands ignoring irrational boundaries to grow food or native plants. We reject the status quo and seek to find sustainability on our own terms. Guerrilla Gardening is Anti Social.

Guerrilla Gardening is not anti social. We are sociable and wanting the company of others. We want to share our passion for stewarding the land with our friends and neighbors. We want to raise awareness about the ecological disasters we're living through and build collective ownership of the land that we live on in an effort to turn those tides. We want to live in a literal garden of eden wrought by our own hands. Guerrilla Gardening is highly social and should be a tool to connect our communities where we are in the real world.

04:51 UTC


Denver area recs

Hey y'all!!

I'm throwing an earth day party and want to do some guerilla gardening activities. I'm thinking just a bunch of seed and some shakers for folks to fill and take on their journeys.

However, I'm on a budget. What's the best and cheapest way to hook this up for my community? Like, is bird seed an option? Just want to brighten our spaces, feed our pollinators, and hopefully help people feel closer to mama earth.

Much love and appreciation!! 💚

17:08 UTC


What to do here

Preferable only seeds I can throw

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Looking for a Native Washington Wildflower Seed Mix

Does anyone have a good source for a wildflower seed mix native to Washington state? Does it have to be native to WA or can it be native to PNW? I've found a few different mixes but I'm having a hard time determining if every plant type in them will be good to plant. Here's the ones I've found so far:


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Has anyone here ever successfully planted wildflowers/native flowers in an area only to have the city come through with a weedwacker and destroy it all? That would just be devastating. I’m curious if anyone has experienced something similar. My heart wouldn’t be able to take it which is why I don’t think I could ever actually plant seeds.

19:33 UTC


Anyone in Washington, DC-area comfortable being interviewed for a college project on guerrilla gardening?

Hi all, I just started this reddit account for this project. I’m a senior journalism student at American University writing a feature story on guerrilla gardening. This is my final project of the year and I’m hoping to sit down (in-person or over zoom) in the next few weeks and chat! Although, if anyone knows of anyone else who isn’t on here and would be amicable/comfortable please let me know! Thank you!

20:37 UTC


looking for advice on sod and weeds

Looking for some advice on how to approach this problem. My backyard is covered in stinknet weeds right now. The plan is/was to lay down sod for the spring/summer. I also need to till the soil and remove about 1" of soil to prepare for laying down sod. But I've heard that the seeds on this thing can get spread out and live in the soil for years.

My questions are - would this matter if i'm laying down sod on top of the soil? Should I wait for it to dry out (possibly several weeks) and then mow it? Or should I just bite the bullet and mow it, till it, and lay down sod as soon as possible?


15:17 UTC


UK Guerrilla Wildflowering?

In the UK its quite common to find small patches of grass in residential areas, usually surrounded by curb, path, or road, and sometimes these areas are neglected by our councils who own and maintain that land.

My question is, if somebody were to hypothetically begin scattering native wildflower seeds over these areas (obviously they wouldn't be able to dig to plant), what are the chances of them becoming more than a generic lawn for dogs to mark their territory that is maintained twice per year?

01:18 UTC


How to find Guerrilla Gardeners in your area?

I’m having a hard time finding guerrilla gardeners in my region. I’m looking for any tips on how to find people and start a group. In case your from or around Lisbon, Portugal I’d love to talk and collaborate!

00:59 UTC


Bulk wildflower seeds recommendations please

So I live in the Central Valley California. We are dairy farmers and typically only grow corn/wheat in a rotation. I want to really beautify the place by planting a million wildflowers. For instance we have a roughly 2 mile driveway with oaks planted all along each side. I envision wildflowers all along the drive and circling or house.

I need help with what seeds/flowers are native to the central valley and will work best with our climate.

Also, is it too late to plant for this year? It feels like spring is all but over so maybe plant in the fall?

Where is the best place to buy LARGE quantities of seeds affordably? A quick Google search shows 25lb bags for nearly $1000. I can't afford that.

Any advice?

02:54 UTC


Dropping 10 million native wildflower seeds from a helicopter (UK)

Not sure where to begin with this one.

I live in the Lake District, and I see acres upon acres of land that could be growing wildflowers. I wondered if anyone had access to a helicopter, and wildflower seeds. Perhaps I could do some sort of fundraiser to make enough money to buy the seeds, 60KG should be enough, right? I figure £4-5k should be enough to buy that much.

No idea about the helicopter, though.

The other idea is 100's of people with drones. Perhaps we could make it an event, but then I suppose the land usage would have to be legal.

23:50 UTC


How do you find suitable spots to transplant very young trees where they won't be noticed/cut down? [North Texas]

I have several pecan trees growing in my back yard where even if they grow up there, they will be too congested to thrive. They are all about 1 foot tall right now and very cute. It is a house that I am living in as a renter so I don't have any property rights to ensure the trees will not be cut down once I leave. My plan is to move out in about 16 months and then take a few to plant in my new home. I want to plant the remainder somewhere else before I move so they have the best chance of thriving. The trees are native and noninvasive to my area.

23:47 UTC


As I had hoped, the gardeners DID think it was an official wildflower patch. I shall add extra local specific bee flower mix, and plan the expansion heh heh

12:17 UTC


Just received from u/stevosaurus_rawr!

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Last year did a test spot in formal gardens with some forget me nots. I’ll add a few more in month, and again in autumn.

15:32 UTC


Why should you leave the leaves - in your yard

04:09 UTC


Advice for native guerrilla gardening in Columbus, Ohio

Basically the title. I’m interested in guerrilla gardening in Columbus, Ohio using native plants. Anyone have experience in the region and have advice or tips? Thanks!

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