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.