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Guerilla Garden Adventures will be at the Eco Market in Sardis Park (6906 School Lane) this Wednesday!
Come see what I’ve been up to and what weird stuff I am trying to grow, see you there!

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I’m going to be at the Eco-market in Sardis Park today (May 20) from 4pm to 8pm promoting my blog and displaying some of the weird stuff I am growing including miniature olive trees, a pineapple bush and there is even a carnivorous plant!
For $2 there are 3 other kinds of tomato plants (green Zebra, Grape, Tiny Tim) and plenty of herbs to choose from including but not limited to Stevia, Pineapple Sage, Chocolate mint, Rosemary, Garlic Chives, Dill, etc. and I’m giving out FREE pumpkin seeds while supplies last. So come see me…

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I’m offering free heirloom pumpkin seeds to the first 50 people who stop by the Guerilla Garden Adventures booth located at the Eco-market in Sardis Park on Wednesday May 6th from 4pm-8pm (45845 Manuel Rd Chilliwack, BC.)
You will have a choice of either “eating pumpkin” seeds or “prize winning gigantic pumpkin” seeds for as long as supplies last. Not sure where you’re going to plant it? Well it is rumored that some people (not to mention any names) are already scoping out unused lots and other public spaces as potential guerilla garden pumpkin patch locations. I cannot for liability reasons condone planting on someone else’s property but I’m just saying…… FREE!……your choice of the following 2 types of pumpkins seeds:

EP – Eating Pumpkin Seeds

Sugar Pie Pumpkin

  An heirloom, these Sugar Pie pumpkin seeds will grow a classic pumpkin that is especially good for pies and canning. Vines develop small slightly ribbed, bright-orange pumpkins that are 6″-9″ in diameter and have the sweetest flavor and finest texture for pies and casseroles.
Matures in 110 days (Open-pollinated seeds)


GP – Gigantic Pumpkin Seeds

Gigantic Pumpkin

One of the largest varieties of pumpkin in the world, seeds from this and related strains are commonly used in pumpkin weigh-off contests. These heirloom giants (the largest fruit of any plant in the world), grow on very large plants, with vines up to 50′ long, so they require lots of room, full sun, and fertile soil to produce the giant pumpkins.
Matures in 110 days (Open-pollinated seeds).
I can personally attest to the fact that these gigantic pumpkins regularly grow to 50-100 pounds and therefore are not considered “Balcony Friendly”.  In 2013 I planted these pumpkin seeds very late in the year (July 1st) and my pumpkin still ended up weighing 74.2 pounds and came in 2nd place in the Operation Pumpkin Patch contest at The Sunshine Community Garden.

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Just imagine how big it would have been if I had planted it in May when I was supposed to. It is said that under proper conditions these pumpkins can weigh up to several hundred pounds and I believe it.
Not sure how to go about growing your pumpkins? Here are a few pointers…….

Pumpkin Growing Guide and Tips

Operation Pumpkin Patch Kit

Timing
Direct sow or transplant in late May or early June when soil warms up. Optimal soil temperature for germination is 25-35°C (68-95°F).  For transplants, start seeds indoors during the first two weeks of May. Be sure to harden off plants before placing out in the garden if starting indoors. Note: Master Gardeners will tell you that pumpkin transplants should go into the ground no later than June 15th but feel free to push the boundaries.

Growing
Choose a sunny spot with fertile, well-draining soil and then dig in a generous quantity of finished compost and/or composted manure. Pumpkins are big greedy feeders. Like my friend Tim Dixon says (who came in 1st place at the Sunshine Community Garden pumpkin contest) the secret to growing a prize winning/ good tasting pumpkin is lots of POOP! Pile up the manure into “pumpkin hills” about the size of a small pitcher mound and then sow the seeds 2cm (1″) deep. Sow 3 seeds in each hill. Seeds should sprout in 7-14 days. If growing gigantic pumpkins then pull out (or transplant) all but the strongest plant.

Fertilization
All pumpkins grow male flowers first, then the female flowers are produced. The female flowers have tiny fruits at the base of the petals and require pollination by bees. However, if no bees are to be found use a small paintbrush and gently “tickle” each flower on the vine. This is like artificial insemination for plants.

Watering
Pumpkins may seem substantial but they are 90% water so keep pumpkin plants well watered, particularly in hot weather. Always water the soil, and avoid getting the leaves wet as much as possible because powdery mildew is almost always a problem here in the Pacific Northwest, especially when it comes to pumpkins. There are some mildew resistant pumpkin varieties out there but the sad truth is that they still get powdery mildew.  It just seems to happen a little later in the season than the non-resistant varieties. A homemade organic spray for powdery mildew can be made however I never got around to spraying my pumpkins at all and if you look at the pictures above the pumpkins themselves turned out great even though the leaves are covered in powdery mildew.

Gigantic Pumpkin Tips
When growing gigantic pumpkins for bragging rights you will want to feed weekly throughout the growing season with a fish or kelp based fertilizer. Also the pumpkin will grow larger if you keep only one fruit per vine. As the pumpkin develops, try to gently encourage it to grow at a 90° angle to the vine itself as the largest pumpkin varieties will grow on their sides and they will end up looking like a half deflated balloon.

Harvest
Pumpkins are mature when they have colored up well and their stems are crisp. For the best sugar content, cut the stem about 4cm (2″) or so from the body of the fruit. If the weather is dry, allow the pumpkins to cure in the field for 10 days, or in a warm room for 4-5 days.

Here’s to The Great Guerilla Garden Pumpkin Adventure of 2015!

 

Non-Rule #2 – Think outside of the box when it comes to containers!

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Most Guerilla Gardeners tend to think outside of the box when it comes to garden containers and I’ve discovered that
PINTEREST RULES when it comes to getting some inspiration for creative garden containers and funky junk planters.
By using old file cabinets, wheelbarrows, rubber boots, children’s toys (such as a wagon, toy truck, doll buggy or stroller), or even an old toilet, barbeque or washer machine it can help to stretch the gardening budget, saves another item from going to a landfill site and it can really help to make a statement in your garden.

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And if the neighbors don’t get it……well that’s just too bad!

Guerilla Gardening Non-Rule #1 – It’s your garden! Do what you want!

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Brighten up your porch, deck, or patio . . . Give that tree that nothing will grow under a colorful companion . . . Gather up your junk, plant ’em up, and feel good about the fact that you are making the world a little greener in more ways than one.

A few tips to keep in mind when planting up creative containers or funky junk:
• Drainage is an important consideration when deciding on an unusual container. If possible drill holes in the bottom of container if it doesn’t already have some.
• Remember that containers need to be watered and fertilized more frequently. If this just seems like too much maintenance for you then just plant them up with some drought resistant sedum.
• It’s more effective to limit it to two or three types of plants or if in a small container just stick to one type of plant.

Ever since I joined Pinterest a few years ago it seems that I have been “Pinterest Inspired!”to recycle an old radio, shoes and purses into unique drought resistant sedum planters…….
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but this year I also had the opportunity to successfully transform an old wrought iron vanity chair from my childhood into a beautiful vintage planter. I added some geraniums and some ivy and it turned out great! As a matter of fact I think this “Pinteresting Chair Planter Project” could be easily done by anyone with an old chair and here’s how to do it:

-First you will need an old wooden or wrought iron chair that has a seat that pushes out when you loosen the screws. This is where the flowers will be growing. (Or you could cut a hole in the seat of an old wooden chair if you are handy with power tools)

-If you want to (or have time) you can paint the chair using outdoor paint. If you don’t have time or just don’t feel like it let people know that you’re going for that rustic look. F.Y.I.-“Vintage” is definitely the look I’m going for with my “Pinteresting Chair Planter Project”

-If using a wrought iron chair (like I am) then attach a wire framed basket where the seat used to be with wire. Line the inside of the wire basket with a double layer of chicken wire in a bowl shape. If you have a wooden chair then just use a heavy duty staple gun to attach a double layer of chicken wire bent into a bowl shape to a wooden chair where the seat used to be.

-Then line the chicken wire with a good layer of pre-soaked sphagnum moss as this will be needed to stop the soil falling through the wire.

-Once moss in place, sit a plant pot saucer or small shallow dish on top of it to retain a little of the water and stop it dripping through quite so much. Then fill your moss lined chicken wire with soil or compost and add your plants.

Choosing Plants:
Plants for shady areas  -Impatiens, Pansies, Fushias, Coleus or Begonias
Plants for sunny locations – Geraniums, Petunias, Ostosperum
Planting some climbing or trailing plants such as knee high sweet peas near the back of the seat so they will climb up the backrest will give added dimension to the chair planter. Also you could add a couple of variegated ivies or other trailing plants so that they trail down around the seat. This is what I did when creating my “vintage” chair planter.
I know what you’re thinking…..so what does the finished “Pinteresting Chair Planter Project” look like…….

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All will be revealed in the Guerilla Garden Adventures booth located the Eco-market in Sardis Park on Wednesday May 6th from 4pm-8pm (45845 Manuel Rd Chilliwack, BC.

PS-For those who can’t make it I will post a picture of the finished “Pinteresting Chair Planter Project” sitting in my booth at the Eco-market on my blog May 7th!

See you there!

 

 

 

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Well, first off I’m very excited that my guerilla garden articles are going to be carried by the Today Media Group on four of their online newspapers:

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langleytoday.ca
chilliwacktoday.ca
pittmeadowstoday.ca

Second of all, I’m going to have a booth at the Eco-market in Sardis right next to The Crazy Canner every second Wednesday during the gardening season. The dates are as follows:

May 6

May 13

June 3

June 17

July 1

July 15

July 29

Aug 12

Aug 26

I know you’re probably wondering what I’ll be doing at the Eco-market, but you’ll just have to come down and see yourself. Be assured that just like every Guerilla Garden Adventure there is much planning and scheming going on!

Hope to see you there!