Archive for the ‘Guerilla Gardening’ Category

5 Things That Didn’t Work In 2010
February 21, 2011

Looking back on 2010, there were some things in the garden that didn’t work so well:

1. Guerilla gardening. Remember this? Yes. It got thrown out two weeks later. Anyway: I’ll try some guerilla gardening again this year! I got a primrose gifted last week and I’m looking forward to planting it outside when it’s done blooming and the weather right.

2. Underplanting tomatoes: Epic fail. I underplanted my tomatoes with basil, marigold and begonia and none of them continued to grow. They just stopped. ’till I threw them out, like, 5 months later. I’m not gonna try it again.

3. Leaving dead leaves on the soil. What might work in a garden in the ground in this case doesn’t work for container gardening at all: There are no worms or bugs to decompost dead leaves, so they just stay on top of the soil, keep moisture and hence are perfect for any kind of soil born diseases: mold, fungi, you name it.

4. Keeping the oleander pest-free. Didn’t work this winter – again. Spider mites infested my baby once more and it looks pathetic now.

5. Overwintering herbs outside. Well, now I can tell that most – if not all – of them are dead. I tried to leave them outside because I know that they’ll only get ugly and leggy inside. Although I put them to the window sill (outside) where it’s the warmest, when the temperatures hit -10°C, they must have froven through. Well, it was worth a try.

I’m reviving thig blog – so stay tuned for more!

Nursery and Guerilla Gardening – The Storys continue
May 14, 2010

I’d like to give you an update on the nursery search: Last week we went out to buy some stuff and came across a nursery close to a cemetery. It looked very nice, open greenhouses with decorations and some people were working on the plants. One asked us if he could help and I asked for tomato plants. He showed me some, but they were just usual ones, so I asked for more unusual varieties, which he hadn’t. But he gave me the tip to go to a certain nursery expecially for vegetable plants, that usually has a lot of varieties. I knew the nursery, because I used to work at a radio station near it. We went there and found an older woman and a young one, who was obviously just visiting. I guess the older woman was the mother of the owner. The owner himself was working somewhere in the greenhouses. The woman helped me to choose varieties especially for balcony gardens. She told me it would be better to choose plants with smaller fruits, that are more prolific. I should keep in mind that they might not produce as much as in a garden plot, so it would be important not to choose varieties that have big, but few fruits. I went home with four plants, not tagged, but if I remember correctly they are supposed to be one cocktail tomato, one red and small, one red, small, but pear-shaped and one striped red and yellow. Unfortunately I don’t know the names of the varieties. With these four plants and some italian heirlooms that I’ll receive from my bf’s mother I should have enough! I’m still trying to figure out how to plants the tomatoes and with what to underplant them…

That was the positive update, now the negative: My guerilla gardening plant was ripped out by the “gardeners” who did some weeding in the rose beds. A primrose, ripped out like weed. I was very sad… I couldn’t take a photo of it yet, but it looks basically like the other picture I took, just without the primrose. A cigarette is laying were the primrose once was. You think that looks better?

Guerilla gardening
April 18, 2010

It was time. It was night. 10 p.m. The little primrose had been waiting on my windowsill for weeks to get out. I put it into a black bag, together with a small scoop, a bottle of water and some horn meal in a plastic bag. I wore a black jacket and put the hood on. I went just outside of my building. In the darkness of the night I tried to find the right place for the primrose. I tried it on the back side, where I could see it when I look down from the balcony. But on this side are many balconies and when a guy stepped on his balcony on the first floor to smoke a cigarette, I panicked and went on. Then I found the perfect place: To the left of the entrance. Nobody could spot me, all windows were dark, the other buildings far away. The soil was easy to dig. I made a hole, put some horn meal in it, took the primrose out of its pot and into the hole. I closed it and watered. The whole intervention took about 3 minutes.

On the picture I took the next day you can see the details: I planted the primrose into a rose bed. There are some rose beds in our apartment complex. I think roses can be beautiful, but they need to be very well maintained. Two times a year some cutting and weeding isn’t enough. Plus they bloom about two weeks a year, then the beauty is over. As you can see, the soil is not very good as well, there are many stones. Plus weeds grow into the bed and the edging is falling apart. Weeds on the sidewalk and garbage complete the picture. Enough reasons to do some gardening here. The place is very exposed and basically everybody who walks by can see the primrose. But I wonder how many people actually notice it. I can easily go there to water it at night (not necassary right now, it’s raining). The horn meal should provide fertilizer for the next few month, next year I can easily add new.

Since I did the guerilla gardening on a land that I pay for it’s not really guerilla. I’m not sure about whether it’s really my land or I just pay a kind of fee for it’s maintenance. But anyway, I can as well maintain it myself.

I’m planning to do some more guerilla gardening and will keep you posted.

Guerilla gardening
April 16, 2010

I just did my very first piece of guerilla gardening. Adrenaline is still rushing through my veins – haven’t felt such an excitement in a long time! I’ll try to photograph the little guerilla gardening tomorrow, in the meantime find out more about it: The Official Guerilla Gardening website.