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Does the Elf on the Shelf creep you out with his smug grin and vintage eyes?

Does it bother you that Elf on the Shelf sneaks around spying on people and is a little bit of a tattletale?

Or maybe you love the idea of Elf on the Shelf but realistically you know in your heart that you just won’t have the energy or the desire to plan and execute multiple elf shenanigans during the already busy holiday season.

Then the Santa Evidence Kit might just be the solution for you!

A few activities with the child on Christmas Eve (planting candy cane seeds, putting out reindeer food, etc.), then after the child goes to bed throw the rest of the evidence around and you are done!

The Basic Santa Evidence Kit!
$15

(Comes enclosed in a plain envelope/paper bag so as not to arouse suspicion)

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  • 1 package Reindeer Treats
  • 1 package Santa Dust
  • 1 package Candy Cane Seeds
  • 1 package Candy Cane Sprouts
  • A torn swatch of fabric from Santa’s suit pocket
  • Santa’s “official” laminated North Pole Sleigh driver’s license
  • A Thank-you card from Santa
  • 1 package Reindeer Poop
  • 1 package of Grinch Dust
  • 1 North Pole Deed

 

 

The Ultimate Santa Evidence Kit!
$25

(Comes in a Santa themed gift bag making it perfect for gift giving)

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This kit will include all the above Santa Evidence” plus:

  • Sleigh Bell Harness Evidence
  • Santa Money- a $1,000,000 Santa bill (This novelty money looks and feels real)
  • Santa’s Forgotten Hat
  • Santa’s Lost Glove
  • North Pole Drycleaner Receipt and Ticket
  • Receipt from North Pole Veterinarian Services
  • Santa’s International Travelers Card

 

Both Santa Evidence Kits come complete with easy to follow instructions for use and each piece of evidence comes in its own individual package and the custom printed labels and items are written in poem form with instructions and/or ideas for use.

While Supplies Last!
Order either Santa Evidence Kit by November 30
and receive 1 additional piece of Santa evidence (Santa’s Pre-flight Checklist) for free!

Email boss@guerrillagardenadventures.com for price and availability.

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February Guerilla Gardener

February is the month known for love.
While most people are hoping for a Valentine card or some flowers, there are some gardeners out there that are still old school, eagerly standing by the mail box waiting for the seed catalogs to arrive. Then there are the Internet savvy gardeners who simply cannot wait and will be found impatiently surfing the internet looking for seeds, information or gardening ideas online. Either way everybody wants a love garden (or loves a garden) and if you are a guerilla gardener your always looking for new ideas. How do you know you’re if a guerilla gardener for sure?

You Might be a Guerilla Gardener If:

-You plant anything you want, where ever you want, and think that “totally out of control” should be considered as an acceptable type of gardening style.

-You have been known to pocket seeds from various public parks and gardens and have a couple of Ziploc bags on hand for just such an occasion.

-You have been known to commit random acts of gardening on properties that don’t belong to you!

-You know 101 ways to kill a slug – and take great delight on days when there is an exceptionally large body count.

-You know how many bags of fertilizer your car can hold and you are now thinking that this type of crap could make a nice Valentine’s Day present.

-You can amuse yourself for more than an hour with a hose in one hand and a cocktail in the other.

-You think there are only two rules for composting-stop throwing that stuff away and pile it up somewhere.

-You believe that a weed is just an unloved flower-it’s your story and you stick to it. Especially when they run out of roses on Valentine ’s Day at your local flower shop.

You also might be a guerilla gardener if you love gardening so much that every spring you and your friends (a.k.a. accomplices) drive 45 minutes to a large commercial greenhouse (possibly firing seed bombs out the window on the way), fill an 8 ft pick-up truck full, including the front of the cab so that you can barely see out the front window and then head to another greenhouse, just in case they have something that you REALLY want.

And finally

As a Guerilla Gardener you believe that if a plant turns out to be unreliable, refuses to behave as advertised, or starts falling down all over the place, you rip it out, fling it onto the compost heap and let it die a slow lingering death while rushing off to find a replacement. After all there is no room in the “love garden” for plants with ugly dispositions. Note-some accomplices have even said that the same thing holds true for ex-husbands but in all honesty I cannot comment on that as there may be implications.
So this Valentine’s Day I suggest you plan and plant your own love garden to decorate your own soul instead of waiting for someone else to bring you flowers. Or better yet, go all guerilla gardener and show some love combined with your own brand of Horticultural Therapy by unexpectedly planting some seeds in someone’s garden when they are not looking!

Brenda Dyck
Brenda Dyck
A Guerilla Gardener on an Adventure!

Pointsettia Countdown!

Posted: January 9, 2015 in Garden Holidays

Well it’s a fact…pointsettias love living in my house!

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When it comes to decorating my house at Christmas there are always some decorations that are associated with some great memories. The pinecones collected while on camping trips with various friends, the miniature birdhouse tree ornaments made by a friend who has since passed away, the handmade wire and glass decorations that spell out the word joy made by yet another close friend all have special memory associations as I decorate my tree. There are even miniature watering can tree decorations that were a gift from a favorite ex-boss of whom I have very fond memories. One of my favorite kitchen ornaments consists of animated cooking snowmen given to me by an ex-coworker turned friend. Even the BB King licence plate that was a souvenir of a concert I attended with my husband sits on a burlap runner on the mantle surrounded by minature trees and a string of lights. As I decorate my house I feel blessed to have these people in my life and for the memories they have given me.

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Today only at Little Mountain  Greenhouses the 6″ poinsettias are buy one get one free. so of course I had to buy 2 to celebrate……

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A Guerilla Garden Christmas Gift Giving Guide

Christmas is upon us and you haven’t a clue as to what to get for your Guerrilla Garden Suspect.
Here are a few ideas to help you out:

Make it Personal :
All you need is a digital image, (a drawing, painting, photograph or a slogan will also work) of your Guerilla Garden Suspect’s garden or garden project. Then have it printed on a T-shirt, a calendar, or mug. You can even have it printed on canvas to create some personalized artwork. These personalized gift options are available in a wide range of very affordable prices at various retailers (London Drugs, Costco, Staples, Save On Foods, etc.). Best of all even the most technically challenged Grandma (with a little help from staff) can easily create a personalized garden gift.
However, if you know your way around a computer, tend to be a little anti-social or just don’t want to deal with the Christmas crowds then Snapfish also offers a similar service that you can order online from the comfort of your keyboard, while in your pajamas and best of all you can have it delivered so that you never have to leave the house.

Buy Seeds, Bulbs, Plants:
You can’t go wrong here. Don’t worry about buying a Guerilla Garden Suspect the wrong plant because they will find a place for it even if it is on someone else’s property.
If you happen to know they have a passion for a particular plant such as tulips, sunflowers, tomatoes, or basil, then buy them an assortment of several different varieties of that kind of seed, bulbs or plants. You can also go online and search for more obscure varieties of plants or seeds to give as gifts, but be aware not everyone ships to Canada or will be able to ship it in time for Christmas.
If you suspect that your Guerilla Garden Suspect maybe suffering from severe winter garden withdrawal symptoms they might benefit from a flowering house plant or planter basket but do not in anyway hold them responsible if it dies in from lack of water in the spring. Outdoor gardening season will be in full swing by then and indoor plants can sometimes be neglected. Just saying, it can happen so don’t be offended.
If your still not sure what to get your Guerilla Garden Suspect and your mind feels like it just can’t make one more decision due to all the Christmas fa-la-la-la then just know that a gift certificate from Little Mountain Greenhouses can be bought for any denomination.

Give a Guerilla Gardener some Ammunition:
Guerilla Garden Suspects are always looking for some horticultural ammunition so why bake cookies when you can just as easily make seed bombs. If your not a do-it-yourself kind of person then seed bombs, seed bullets, seed guns, seed grenades and seed pills can also be ordered ready made online. The gift of horticultural ammunition will enable your Guerilla Garden Suspect to spread some Horticultural Therapy to the masses via an unused piece of property……and let’s face it, that is what they like to do best.

For the Gardener who has Everything:
If money was no object I’m thinking that the Slugbot (a Slug Picking Robot) would make the ultimate garden novelty gift to give or receive. Ian Kelly, a computer scientist at the California Institute of Technology, developed a robotic slug catcher the size of a lawn mower that not only identifies and eliminates slugs but could eventually power itself with it’s victims’ bodies. I’m thinking that this might even be worth saving up for, especially if you live in the Pacific North West.
If the Slugbot is out of your gift giving price range there are still other more affordable options for the gardener who has everything. For instance, there are always going to be aches and pains from all of the kneeling, digging and deadheading that a Guerilla Garden Suspect ends up doing  so a gift certificate for a one-hour massage, where those aches and pains would be gently rubbed away would be a lovely gift idea. Also, a manicure certificate wouldn’t hurt either especially if you’re planning to invite your Guerilla Garden Suspect to a social event and you need them to be presentable. Plan ahead people!

For the Gardener who Deserves Crap for Christmas:
And finally if you absolutely must give crap for Christmas (for some families this is a tradition) try Bat Guano or Worm Castings.
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Non-gardeners think I’m kidding. But seriously, any type of gardener would love to get this type of crap for Christmas. Bat Guano (bat poop) or Worm castings (worm poop) are like the caviar of organic fertilizers. At $10 for a small (and I mean small) bag of worm poop it feels too extravagant to buy it for yourself, however it would make an excellent gift.
If $10 still seems like too much to pay for crap, then for $3-$4 you can always buy a bag of mushroom, sheep or steer manure. It’s a Guerilla Garden fact…..Cheap Crap=Good Gift….and you might just get some tomatoes out of it!

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Christmas Safety Note:
Keep your seasonal plants out of reach from children and pets.
They may or may not be poisonous and it is your job to make sure that you keep both the pets and the kids alive
……and besides who wants bite marks on their poinsettias.

Wishing you a safe, warm and happy Christmas

Brenda Dyck
Brenda Dyck
A Guerilla Gardener on an Adventure!

Just when you think that you’ve seen it all, there’s a new lawn ornament in town for Halloween.

 Personally, I always thought that pink plastic flamingos were a little scary as lawn art but these guys are positively evil!

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I couldn’t help but think who on earth would want these evil birds in their yard as lawn art.
Then my non-gardening, zombie loving, ex-coworker James S. from Some-Sad-Company came to mind. What can I say other than the 5 years that we worked together he talked an awful lot about zombies.

 

The Poison Garden

Halloween is just around the corner and there are all sorts of local pumpkin tours, corn mazes and haunted houses to visit. However, if someone has enough money (or a credit card with a substantial credit balance) and they want to experience the darker side of gardening nothing could be creepier than visiting a poison garden in Northern England!
Alnwick Castle (filmed as Hogwarts in the first two Harry Potter films) provides the perfect Halloween backdrop to this educational garden full of mystery and intrigue. The guided tour of The Poison Garden at Alnwick Gardens is a place where trained guides share fascinating myths, legends and truths of how plants have killed and cured throughout the ages.
Jane, the Duchess of Northumberland is responsible for creating the poison garden and she has had to overcome a lot of criticism and red tape to make her vision a reality. She even received (after much red tape and bureaucracy) special Home Office approval and licensing to grow drugs in the garden. This includes marijuana (the first of which was apparently stolen by a local enthusiast), opium plants and magic mushrooms. These plants now reside in cages to discourage people from trying to obtain free samples. The Poison Garden also includes some of the world’s most venomous and hallucinogenic plants, some so potentially dangerous that they are incarcerated in wrought iron cages as well. Additionally, there is around the clock surveillance to guard the safety of the public against potential terrorists, poisoners and would be drug enthusiasts.
I know your thinking to yourself…..how was she able to get a license to grow drugs!
Well…..arrangements were made for The Poison Garden to work with the Education Department’s Drug Awareness Team so they could develop programs using the plants to deliver a unique drug awareness message. For instance there is a humorous sign in the caged marijuana that says Keep off the Grass! What can I say, England seems to have a sense of humor when it comes to running a Drug Awareness Program that some countries (not mentioning any names but you know who you are) are lacking. Other drug awareness programs should take note: NO ONE LIKES TO READ YOUR BORING DRUG AWARENESS PAMPHLETS! People only read them when they are stuck waiting at a hospital or doctor’s office with no internet access and nothing else to read. And let’s face it how often does that happen.
However, it seems that people will actually pay to take an educational guided tour of a garden that contains both drugs and poisonous plants. The Poison Garden’s appeal of danger and illicit drugs is exactly what lures people to engage in a fascinating educational experience about the darker side of gardening.
The tour begins with a trained guide in front of a large set of locked spider and poison ivy covered wrought iron gates. Garden guides unlock the gates and issue a stern warning at the outset of tours: “Do not touch any of the plants. There are plants here that can kill you.” Once the giant gates have been locked behind you there are cobblestone paths through the ivy-covered tunnels that open up into a courtyard filled with flame-shaped beds containing poisonous plants. Ironically, poisonous plants are usually the most beautiful ones in the garden and like weeds, tend to grow prolifically.
Some of the deadly plants you may come across in The Poison Garden are:

Deadly Nightshade-it is one of the most toxic plants found in the Western hemisphere. Just three of the sweet-tasting berries (known as Satan’s cherries) are enough to kill.
Bearded Darnel-a poisonous grass that increases it’s danger by attracting the toxic fungus Ergot.
Castor Bean Plants-considered the most deadly of all natural poisons, ricin was extracted from castor beans for chemical warfare in World War I. It’s potency proved it too risky for both sides and it is rarely used now except by terrorists.
Hemlock-used for ancient Greece’s compulsory suicides, most famously by Socrates. Rapid physical deterioration is accompanied by the mind remaining clear to the end.
Strychnine-also known as Quaker’s Button, is the source of the poison curare. The most dramatic symptom of being poisoned by strychnine is a posthumous fixed grin.
Henbane-in the right dosage it will take someone to the doors of death, but not through them. The victim will look convincingly dead, but will most likely recover.

You will also learn that some of the most common gardening plants such as Foxglove, Datura, Hydrangeas and Lily of the Valley are extremely poisonous and could endanger children or pets. So you may actually have your own Poison Garden growing and not even know it! If this is an issue for you (due to kids and animals who never listen) then check Google for poisonous plant lists (or go all old school to the library) to help you identify what poisonous plants are growing in your yard.
Then the choice is yours- you can  either remove all the poisonous plants or start putting cages around them and charging admission. Just an idea for your closed garden Mr. Brian Minter!
Note-I would recommend obtaining government approval and a license (or at least have bail money on hand) before trying to grow drugs for “educational” purposes!

Have a Safe and Happy Halloween!

Brenda DyckA Guerilla Gardener on an Adventure!

 

 

Mixed Sunflowers

International Sunflower Guerrilla Gardening Day was held on the May 1st and it was an international event where guerrilla gardeners from around the world plant sunflowers in places perceived to be neglected, such as ditches, public flower beds or possibly even in their neighbor’s yard. This Guerilla Gardener participated and planted some sunflowers at the Sunshine Community Garden and they turned out great!

It’s a fact:
August 8 is Sneak Some Zucchini on to Your Neighbor’s Porch Day!
So this guerilla gardener armed with yesterday’s zucchini harvest (and a couple of poser cucumbers) participated for the 1st time in this International Garden Holiday. I know that not everyone may be aware of this garden holiday so as per training from my last job at “Some Sad Company” I made sure to leave a memo!

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Here’s hoping my neighbors have a sense of humor!

Spread the Veggies!

BrendaDyck

A Guerilla Gardener on an Adventure!