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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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How to correctly dispose/use of non native seeds

I recently purchased a wildflower mix without checking if the species included in the mix were native/invasive. I experimented by growing them indoors in several pots but I realized they are not native species of the area i live in. I have a lot of seeds left over and little space. What should I do with them?

11 Comments
2024/07/08
18:43 UTC

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Guerilla Composting?

I've started a few urban food gardens to help feed the homeless, but I simply can't produce enough compost in my apartment to keep this up.

Any thoughts on how to do some sort of hidden compost in an urban area? I do have access to some natural areas as well, but those are full of native plants and I am trying to not disturb it if possible

11 Comments
2024/07/05
17:18 UTC

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Need help finding out if my wildflower mix is safe to use

ive gotten a mix with Alyssum maritimum, Calendula officinalis dwarf, Centaurea cyanus dwarf, Cheiranthus allionii, Convolvulus tricolor, Dimorphotheca aurantiaca, Eschscholzia californica, Iberis umbellata mix, Linaria maroccana, Malcolmia maritima, Nemophila maculate, Nemophila insignis, Phacelia campanularia, Silene armeria

and im struggling to find a site thats easy to use to find out if these are safe/healthy to plant in illinois

4 Comments
2024/07/05
04:22 UTC

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Nashville Guerilla Gardens - Summer Update

Posting some photos of my guerilla gardens from Nashville, Tennessee. There were a lot of abandoned concrete bump-outs in my neighborhood and this spring I dug up the weeds and planted some things. Along the way, I met a bunch of friendly people - some who helped me find perennials to add to them along with the annuals that I've seeded. Am looking forward to the fall when we can start splitting up some of the perennials and spreading things out.

Early shot of one of the bump-outs. Store-bought geraniums helped add some early color and identify this as a garden maintained by someone rather than something to be whacked with a lawn-mower.

Garlic harvest - plant in the fall, harvest in the spring. These make a great filler crop to help you claim the space and keep the city from mowing things over. The leaves taste like garlic BTW so you can use them in stir-fry.

Gardens in full swing - the zinnias are finally in flower and the space is now clearly, mine.

Zinnias a few weeks later.

I have no idea what these orange flowers are - something in the geranium family judging by the leaves. But tall and drought resistant - very important because these things don't get much rain.

These sunflower seeds came from compost that I harvested last fall from a community garden. They managed to survive the winter and seed themselves this spring. I look forward to them lasting year after year. I also added some Shasta Daisies on the right side. They've spread out nicely and if they survive this heat-wave, I can chop them up and spread them around the city this fall.

Color? Yes please!

Some Trinidad Scorpions that I added to a garden section. The iris in the background is a gift from a woman of ill repute I met on the street corner. Does anyone ever meet a woman of repute on a street corner I wonder? Blasphemy.

5 Comments
2024/07/01
02:05 UTC

14

Tree seeds you can just throw about that have a good chance of germination?

As the title says

12 Comments
2024/06/30
22:26 UTC

40

Hilltop soldier

1 Comment
2024/06/28
16:29 UTC

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My first act of guerilla gardening, with hopefully many more to come

I was looking for a spot for this petunia I found in the trash, then I saw this graffiti :)

13 Comments
2024/06/28
16:28 UTC

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Visited a spot I dumped about a 1/2 cup of poppy seeds in last autumn.

45 Comments
2024/06/27
14:08 UTC

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Seeking ideas to fill a municipal land parcel

So, there is this parcel of land that belongs to my municipality and borders a resident's property on one side and the street on the other. Note that there are electric wires passing through, and piping underground.

I am open to ideas!

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9 Comments
2024/06/27
02:22 UTC

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How do I garden in the city without getting caught?

How would I go about approaching adding more native plants/gardens to my city without getting caught? I have some basic ideas like making myself look more official with some high vis. However I would like some suggestions, as I worry my plants may just get pulled or mowed over. Ontario, Zone 5B

35 Comments
2024/06/26
16:32 UTC

138

First decent crop at my office garden

Put in a bunch of fruit trees over the last few years a empty irrigation heads. Stoked the landscape company hasn’t pulled them out!

9 Comments
2024/06/24
18:42 UTC

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Does Guerrilla Gardening Include Propagation & Seed Saving??

Zone 8b, Bandera County, Texas

My favorite sort of against-the-norm garden fare is picking seed heads out of highway and road shoulders, taking cuttings from (appropriate) trees, and working diligently to “re wild” parts of my property 😊

One of my latest successes was grabbing a bunch of antelope horn seed pods before the state-issued mowers came through. I allowed them to dry in a hanging mesh drying rack, which turned out to be a genius idea because the seeds couldn’t escape when the pods dried enough to burst open! I probably have over 300 seeds to spread throughout our meadows 🥰 We’re gonna have so many butterflies!!!

7 Comments
2024/06/24
18:21 UTC

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Nitro cookies in the woods, throwback pic.

10 Comments
2024/06/22
22:28 UTC

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Anywhere I can get some free stuff?

I really wanna get into guerilla gardening, but I'm broke. I've heard there are some websites where you can get seeds for free, does anyone know any of them? I'm in central Europe by the way, so US only shipping is out of the question sadly.

29 Comments
2024/06/21
18:37 UTC

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Growing in overgrown areas

There are several places that are overgrown abandoned or public properties where I want to plant native wild flowers. I'm planning on trying to plant seed in the fall. How would I prep the area if it's currently covered with vegetation (vines, goldenrod, grasses, bushes, and blackberries for example?). Worried that even if I cut it back and spread seed that the plants with roots and rysomes will win out come spring and I'll just be wasting my seeds.

Should I just try to grow them in pots and transplant them? I would get much less area converted this way but maybe have a better guarantee of something actually coming up.

Anyone deal with this before?

11 Comments
2024/06/20
23:30 UTC

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Seed bomb question

I recently started taking the train to work and on my walk to the office, there are a few empty plots that are up for sale and an area around a bus stop that have nothing growing o them, only a few weeds but there's mostly dry yellow compacted soil.

I made a few seed bombs and threw them around before a rainy day but it only rained for 20 minutes and it was not a lot. Also it seems like there is no rain coming for the rest of june.

Is there any way I can help those seeds germinate or should I just leave it for nature to take care of it? most of the seeds I used are milkweed and other native plants to my area but I see those plants already growing. was it too late to throw seed bombs?

11 Comments
2024/06/20
19:20 UTC

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Meta: Has anyone read Birnam Wood by Eleanor Catton? Searched the sub and found no mentions of it but guerrilla gardeners might just love it.

The novel follows an anti-capitalist guerrilla gardening group that gets involved with some bad, very rich people. It's a WILD read with lots of social commentary. I'm just a wannabe guerrilla gardener but would love to know if anyone else has read it and felt inspired?

7 Comments
2024/06/17
19:52 UTC

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What should go in this corner? (PNW)

Parking garage had this patch of dirt just begging for life. But Im a noob gardener & idk what I would need to plant or add to get something(s) growing

117 Comments
2024/06/17
02:09 UTC

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Suggestions for ground cover for 6/7 zone in North America

Some background:

Our landlord recently hired a crew to clear and grind down a bunch of trees that had sprouted up too close to the house and had gotten too tall. Because those areas around the sides of the house had been ignored for a long time lots of other stuff had been growing there too. Some invasive like winter creeper, honey suckle, english ivy but also some nice native stuff like wineberries and milkweed and the jungley nature of it invited lots of wildlife. All of that is gone now and its just dirt patches baking in the sun

So my question is this: we're moving out soon but I'd like to plant some ground cover for those areas with something native and/or beneficial that likes lots of light and partial sun and would be good for the woodland creatures that got evicted AND my landlord wouldnt object to (I dont want him to come back and mow it over). What would you all suggest?

Thanks!

8 Comments
2024/06/16
17:45 UTC

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Northwest Alternatives to Sunchokes? (prolific tubers / rhizomes?)

I would love to know if anyone knows of anything, even remotely as prolific and easy to guerrilla plant, as Jerusalem artichokes (sunchokes) since they are technically native to the Midwest / Eastern USA.

I'm looking for any native PNW / North California plants that spread quickly via rhizomes, tubers, corms, etc. Preferably drought tolerant, but curious about things that would work in either sun or shade.

If anyone’s curious about specific context / site conditions for this- there’s this shop that has a few inaccessible (inaccessible to both them and me, asides from the very edge of the fences) thin strips of soil that they let some awful invasives take over. Want something that stands a chance to compete.

Sunchokes are just so cool !! with how they can spread so rapidly, and can then be harvested to plant somewhere else more easily than a lot of seeds. And so rugged with how huge those tubers are.

2 Comments
2024/06/15
02:37 UTC

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Ideas for beautifying / de-uglifying small weedy patch that is continually overgrown?

I pass this little grassy/weedy patch every day walking to work. It looks all right in this picture, but it was clearly captured very soon after it had been weed-whacked - you can see the clippings in the road. The lawyer who owns and works out of this building only has someone deal with it when the weeds are between knee- and waist-high; when they weed-whack it all down, the long clippings end up all over the sidewalk, in the road, and as tumbleweeds into the library’s parking lot beyond, and it becomes hazardous when it rains and the clippings get wet and slippery. (The city eventually leaf-blows it clear when they mow in the area.) There’s nothing in there that’s native, attractive, or beneficial, just no -flowering weeds. Any recommendations for any kind of hearty, low-growing plant seeds I could toss down as I walk by that would make it less of an eyesore? I’m not sure what can compete against the grass and weeds, especially since they’re left to grow so high. Thanks!

24 Comments
2024/06/14
13:53 UTC

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Ideas for this area?

This wall faces south. It is in the Vancouver, BC area.

29 Comments
2024/06/09
22:02 UTC

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Someone complaining the government isn’t maintaining the sidewalks and there are flowers. I’m not sorry, not one itty bitty bit sorry. You sorry?

45 Comments
2024/06/08
05:18 UTC

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