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ACT2 - Semi-guerilla Gardening in Aro Valley

I used to see these random, grass-filled tubs every day when I was studying at University. When I moved in to the neighborhood seven years later I decided it was definitely time to do something about it.

I thought they would make great micro-community vegetable gardens, providing free, local food. But they needed a lot of work before that could happen.

I cleared away all the bottles, rubbish, rocks and glass and weeded the tubs.

At first I just planted the two plants that I have never managed to kill (geraniums and dahlias) to make sure that things could grow in the tubs without the clumps of the gra**** root structure.

It worked!

We then planted what I thought were zucchini plants (actually buttercup pumpkins!). Although they were very slow to take off, the buttercups have been a success, there are at least two that will make it to maturity.

I then wallpapered the tubs to increase their visibility and (hopefully) value to the community.
You can see photos of my progress on Flickr:
The weeding and planting of the tubs
The cleaning and decorating of the tubs

This is very much a work in progress, and it will take a while for the tubs to become known as a source of food. Here's my progress so far:

So the next steps are:
  • A****s how the buttercups go - how many made it to harvest?
  • Ask people in the neighborhood whether they used them and what other veges they'd like to have available.
  • Figure out how to get larger crops in smaller spaces.
  • Involve more people.
  • Re-plant the dahlia tub with a winter crop.

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Comment by Ken Eklund on March 21, 2010 at 8:01pm
You should talk to Agent Sayel Cortes, he's looking for fellow guerrilla gardeners!
Comment by Sayel Cortes on March 22, 2010 at 12:07am
Hey great action!!! I wish I was better at gardering to do that hohoho. I shall start to learn.
Comment by Sayel Cortes on March 22, 2010 at 12:07am
btw... thanks Ken for the reference =)
Comment by Canzonett on April 18, 2010 at 5:27pm
Guerilla gardening itself is a great idea - particularly if you can use areas for it that no one else seems to care about!
Comment by John D. Boyden on May 9, 2010 at 8:00pm
cool. great pictures +1 sustainability!
Comment by Erin Sammons on May 13, 2010 at 3:34am
Great do-it-yourself attitude from New Zealand! =)


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