Now that the weather is nice and we find that we're outside more, you may notice areas in your neighborhood that could use a little attention and tender loving care. Whether it's picking up trash as you take your walk, participating in a local adopt-a-spot program or engaging in a little guerrilla gardening, there are lots of ways that we can help care for our environment and beautify our surroundings.
What is guerrilla gardening? Essentially, it is a method of addressing our current global struggle for re-forestation by giving Mother Nature a bit of a hand. Seedbombs - little clumps of soil and seeds, flung into desolate areas - are one of the most popular tools used, but some guerrilla gardeners take to the night and with friends, flashlights, seedlings, and spades, and manage to green up an entire plot before sunlight falls on it again.
Many guerrilla gardeners have found that their efforts accomplish more than just beautifying a space; they say it challenges apathy and puts a smile on strangers' faces, too! If you try it, make sure that you aren't landscaping anyone's yard, and keep in mind that this is something intended to help bring life back to public plots that have been ruined and forgotten. Some places have laws against unregulated planting, so to be safe, check with officials in your area before digging into the Earth.
The plot we have pictured here is from a guerrilla garden right here in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire! This little soon-to-be-climbing plant popped up randomly near a shared stonewall. There's no seedling visible yet, but the climbing aparatus gives this guerrilla garden away! If you’re feeling adventurous and inspired, try making some seedbombs of your own. Happily, our climate and recent rainfall have brought this land to life, but beautiful flowers never hurt anyone!
Have fun brightening up the Earth!