Like to garden, but don't have much space to do it in? Got a bit of the activist in you? Enjoy a bit of excitement? Then guerilla gardening might be for you.
Guerilla gardening? Sounds like an oxymoron, doesn't it? But it's as real as real can be. Around the world, there are people going out under the cover of darkness, and reclaiming and cultivating neglected orphaned land. And when you think about it, it's been going on for a long time, as that is pretty much what Johnny "Appleseed" Chapman was doing back in the 19th Century.
Liz Christy Community Garden: Liz Christy Community GardenBut this particular movement really got started in New York City, with Liz Christy and the Green Guerillas, back in the early '70s. After spending time planting vacant lots with seed bombs and tree pits, the group came upon a rubble-strewn site that they developed, and is now known as the Liz Christy Community Garden (pictured).
Today, the movement has become more sophisticated, with its own website that details guerilla gardening activities in hundreds of locations around the world. The website's creator, Richard Reynolds, has even written a book on the subject, aptly titled, On Guerilla Gardening.
There are around 50 guerilla gardening communities in the US alone, and there's nothing stopping you from starting your own. So what are you waiting for? Get out your trowel, and start planting! Just like these people are doing: