I’m a bit out of touch. I hadn’t heard about guerrilla gardening until Caiti brought home a seed bombing kit with her from cosmopolitan Bordeaux this weekend. These little seed bombs, or green grenades, consist of compost, clay and flower seeds, or compost, flour, water and seeds. They are a great way of bringing floral life to barren or hard-to-get-at places. You make your bombs, let them dry for a bout 24 hours, then toss them where you think they should go. This can be in barer patches in your own garden or in your locality to brighten it up. When the seeds start to germinate, the bomb crumbles and the soil/compost in them gives a good initial base for the flowers to start growing in until they get roots into the surrounding ground.
A Japanese biologist Masanubo Fukuoka is generally recognised as being the originator of the idea. He worked tirelessly to re-vegetate barren areas throughout the world. He’s a fascinating man so do look him up on Wikipedia.
Some people use blown eggs to house the compost and seed mix, and an entrepreneurial Scotsman, Darren, uses grenades made from recycled paper and egg boxes. You can get these from kabloom.co.uk. Ingenious or what!
Check the weather forecast as it’s best to lob your bombs shortly before it rains as this will help the seeds get off to a good start. A pinch of paprika in the bomb will stop birds eating these seeds. However, in winter, use bird seed instead of flower seed and throw these food bombs around liberally to help the local wildlife.
There’s a bit more to guerrilla gardening than seed bombs. It’s the act of gardening on land that the gardener does not have a legal right to cultivate. It began in 1973 in the Bowery Houston area of New York where Liz Christy and her Green Guerilla Group transformed a derelict plot of land into a garden. There are green guerrillas all over the world now, and in Australia guerrilla gardening is known as ‘bewildering’.
So, Caiti’s first batch of green grenades are drying by the fire and tomorrow we’ll start distributing them. I’ll keep you posted as to how they do.
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