Monday, June 26, 2006

Guerrilla Gardening, Part II

Well, the WORK has started on our aforementioned "Guerrilla Garden". We've decided on Halloween pumpkins and some annual and perennial flowers to avoid the pollution issues, and to keep it relatively drought tolerant and low maintenance.

And let me tell you, Texas clay (especially when situated in the middle of a median) is not a very hospitable medium. It's hard as a rock, totally void of ANY insect or worm population (we saw ONE burrowing June Bug and a grub), and full of rocks, old pieces of asphalt, and pieces of old houses... But it's coming! We worked on it for about 3 1/2 hours yesterday, and got about half of it dug, sifted, and raked. Tonight we will have to finish digging, mix in a BUNCH of compost and plant tomorrow, because we leave for our Honeymoon Thursday!

And yesterday we chicken wired the top of the chicken run (no more squirrels in the coop!) and cleaned it, planted some lantana and lavendar near the container garden to attract some pollenators, and made some homemade biscuits with MaryJane's Budget Mix, my new favorite ridiculously easy, baking mix.


Blogger lauren said...

Just wanted to let you know that I really enjoy your blog. When I finally get around to updating my blogroll, I'll be adding you! Anyway, I have always been fascinated by the idea of guerilla gardening. I find myself imagining plantings of fruit trees, food crops and wildlife-friendly flowers in medians and on the sides of highways. Looking forward to hearing more about your efforts. BTW, what do you use for sifting the rocks out of the soil effectively? We're moving to a new house this weekend and plan to put in a bunch of new beds, but we know there is work to be done w/ the rocky soil.

Have a fabulous honeymoon!

8:53 AM  
Blogger Lacy said...

hmmm... i should do an entry about our soil sifting method...

basically, Wes digs up a row with a straight shovel, then i pick it up out of the ground and sift it through an old screen door we found (that has about 1/2" wire mesh. Wes says his grandpa used three screens of varying size), then we dump that elsewhere in the median, rake the row with a metal rake, then sift the remnants to rid them of rock. It takes forEVER. There's probably an easier way (with hefty equipment or whatnot) but we're doing what we can with a shovel, rake, wheelbarrow, and old screen door.

1:05 PM  
Blogger Juli said...

Does Oleander grow in TX? It loves pollution and does well along roadsides.

10:59 PM  
Blogger KFarmer said...

I feel your pain. While we dont have a bunch of rocks, we have that good ole Georgia Red Clay. It sticks to the shovel. I love your pumplin and flower idea- cant wait to see the fruits of your labor :)

9:51 AM  

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