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therealflowerfairy·2 months agoText

The onset of garden-friendly weather has coincided with a new pandemic which is making it really difficult for a lot of people to get the care they need, make a living, and get on with their lives.

Coronavirus is bad. One thing you can do that doesn’t risk spreading the virus? Gardening.

Especially if you’re a guerilla gardener and your most promising project is just outside the property line of an elementary school. And your state is closing schools for the next two weeks.

A nasty virus going around is bad. Parents having to scramble for childcare is bad. Poor kids going without hot meals is bad. People being unable to work because their jobs depend on people showing up: bad.

These are shitty times we’re living in.

When life gives you shit: make fertilizer. 

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therealflowerfairy·4 months agoText

Out in front of the elementary school is a tree with this big gaping hole in the trunk facing the street. And…it’s just there, with no effort being made to either repair the tree, remove it, or fill up the hole. 

And I’m all like…folks, I’ve got compost to spare and more seed packets than sense. Hold my coffee and watch this. 

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therealflowerfairy·4 months agoText

I wouldn’t try to build a hugelkultur on a playground. Nah, it wouldn’t last; the kids would knock it down or someone’s dog would tear it up. At some point the Public Works folks would see it and they’d be all like “dafuq is that thing?” and they’d get rid of it. Nope, public playground half a block away from an elementary school is no place for a long-term guerilla project.

However.

If I wanted to have some spare wood sitting around to add to the hugelkultur I’m building out behind said elementary school? The public playground would be a perfectly fine place to get some together. 

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therealflowerfairy·4 months agoText

And I call this one the Scrapyard. Then my phone ran out of space and I couldn’t take any more video.

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therealflowerfairy·4 months agoText

Here’s the spot I call the Haunted House.

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therealflowerfairy·4 months agoText

Here’s my intro to the Sunshine Court.

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therealflowerfairy·4 months agoText

A quick aside before I go on a walk to visit my guerilla sites:

I like to use compost in gardening. I basically see it as soil and fertilizer in one.

My philosophy of composting is: Downcycling.

It means composting should be as simple, cheap, and fun as possible. It means taking stuff that’s outlived its usefulness, and making it useful again by letting it fall apart. It means everything I need for making dirt is already in my household waste or outside on the ground. It means I can make compost wherever I set my mind to it.

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therealflowerfairy·4 months agoText

I want to do hugelkultur. I really like the idea of building a hill that’s extra-rich, extra-warm and self-watering, and trading CO2 for pretty green things.

I’m fairly sure I can’t do hugelkultur on my own property. The back yard is small and shaded, and the front yard is smaller. I don’t expect to live in this house forever, and when I do sell it, I don’t want the new owners to bulldoze my little hill. Also the housing co-op may have opinions about me altering the topography of the land. So I’m looking at guerilla-gardening some public land.

So then the question is…WHAT public land can I use for this? It’s a long-term project and it’s not portable. I need a place where I can build a little hill and the authorities won’t care. Preferably if they just don’t even notice what I’m doing.

And…I can’t be totally sure about any little plot of land. So right now my strategy is to gather and watch. I’ve found several spots that look good for cultivation, that are legally accessible and with very little foot traffic. And while walking around these spots, I realized there’s no reason why I need to commit to just one hugelkultur. Let’s not put all our eggs in one basket! So for now, at least until I can get in touch with the local gardening group, I’m going to focus on setting up wood piles at each of my guerilla sites and see how much stuff I can stack up before some governing body or other knocks it down. And while I do that, I’ll also learn as much as I can about what’s permitted and what’s likely to attract attention. If I ultimately end up with 6 hills all around town, so much the better. 

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therealflowerfairy·4 months agoPhoto

(via Uses for Common Garden Weeds)

I’ve come to change my thinking on “weeds.” Rather than certain plant species being undesirable no matter what, I just think there are some plants I want in my garden and some that I don’t want. Those that I don’t want are the “weeds” and I figure out how to get rid of them while keeping the desirable plants intact.

Anyway. Many of the plants that we tend to think of as undesirable are actually very useful to us. Here are some examples. 

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therealflowerfairy·4 months agoText

I intend to post wholesome content on this account.

Law-abiding content? Well-mannered content? Not necessarily.

I will wait for no one’s permission to be a force for good. 

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