Guerilla Garden Questions and Answers

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Guerilla Gardening – Questions and Answers

 

What is Guerilla Gardening?

Simply put, guerilla gardening is growing plants on a piece of property that does not belong to you.

Who are Guerilla Gardeners?

Guerilla gardeners come from all walks of life and age groups but basically they are plant lovers who seek to improve the area in which they live by using nature as live graffiti on neglected properties.

Why is it called “Guerilla” Gardening?

A Guerilla is defined as a member of a small independent group taking part in irregular fighting, typically against larger regular forces. Yep, that describes it perfectly, when it comes to gardening it is me against Mother Nature!
Some cities have laws against guerilla gardening making it illegal and they can impose large fines if you are caught. Quite frankly it’s no wonder with all the thieving, drunkenness, killing and hiding the evidence that is going on! Of course it might have something to do with the seed bombing too!

Why do you consistently spell “Guerrilla” with only one  “r”  throughout your website?

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary lists “guerrilla” as the first option, with “guerilla” as a variant spelling and I just can’t conform to the norm!

Where should you Guerilla Garden?

Great targets are ditches, laneways, traffic circles; unused pieces of common property at your strata complex……. the possibilities are endless.

Do you need to get permission?

Asking for permission to garden on public or common property can turn into a bureaucracy of permits and red tape. My life experience has taught me that it’s easier to beg forgiveness than ask permission, but it never hurts to have bail money on hand just in case!

Should you be part of an organized group or work alone?

There is no right or wrong, it’s strictly a personal choice.
I used to spend most of my working hours in a cube farm with hundreds of other people, where meetings, organizational structure and schedules were the bane of my existence. So, when it comes to guerilla gardening, I’m like Rambo!
It’s usually a solo mission, but I have some excellent accomplices I can call on anytime and who are more than willing to put on their Ninja shoes, act as a lookout or drive the getaway car.
Note to accomplice (and you know who you are); the metallic sapphire blue Mustang tends to attract attention-next time we will use my car.
For those of you who are looking for a more social aspect to guerilla gardening you can always enlist or even start your own guerilla gardener splinter group. Either way, have fun with it.

Why should you guerilla garden?

Guerrilla gardening encourages recycling and beautifies the neighborhood. The plants help scrub toxins from the air and soil, and provide food for people, animals, and insects.
If that all sounds like hippy, dippy, environmental drivel to you, then maybe you can get on board with guerilla gardening by knowing that it will improve and increase the property values in your community. Can you see the see the dollar signs yet? Cha-ching!

When should you guerilla garden?

Every chance you get!

How to do it:

Working alone, I do my guerilla gardening on impulse without much thought or planning. I have too many seeds, bought too many plants and don’t have room for any more. Then I start scoping out other people’s properties or neglected pieces of land that could use a little sprucing up and start planting or seed bombing away.  However if you are going to guerilla garden with a bunch of people you’re going to need a plan!
Guerrilla Gardening.org has an excellent twelve step guide that will help your guerilla garden group plan their next successful mission.

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