Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Guerrilla Gardening?

Wes was out talking to our neighbors yesterday evening, when he ran into the house calling, "Lacy, come here! Come on!! We're talking about a community garden!"

This is the giant median next door to my house where the road splits off. It is currently almost empty (save for a few small gardening attempts by my one lone neighbor-- she's trying!), and though she has planted a few trees and some small gardens at the corners, for the most part it's wide open bermuda grass. My neighbor and her husband have tried in the past to have it made into a community garden, but with that comes intense responsibility (mowing, paperwork, etc) that she, as a working new mother of two, doesn't really have time to undertake. So, she "fenced" off little pieces and started a couple of mini "guerrilla gardens" of her own. The city guys that do the mowing will leave it alone if it's easy to avoid and fenced off, and you can basically do what you want! It's more than a little bit of work (pulling up bermuda grass, hauling compost, hauling water) but I think more than worth it! I told her to DEFINATELY count me in this spring/summer to really expand our community garden into something that will really make our little median sing! Flowers, veggies, new trees-- there's no telling what could come!


Blogger KFarmer said...

Sounds like a great idea- a good way to meet neighbors and dig in the dirt at the same time.

I was really impressed with your container garden and seedlings! Wonderful job :)

Wishing you the best with the upcoming nuptials!

3:44 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

That sounds like fun, and will feel great to drive by all those pretty flowers in the median and know you had a part of it!

Good luck!

9:43 PM  
Blogger Rurality said...

Seems like I remember reading somewhere that pollution from cars could get into veggies/herbs that you plant close to the street... I can't remember the distance though - might want to look into that before planting stuff you'll be eating! :)

8:25 AM  
Blogger Sue said...

Wonderful idea Lacy, but I too would check into the pollution threat just to be safe. Keep us posted and good luck!

3:26 PM  

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