Guerrilla gardening: activism and transformation
Guerilla gardening, also known as activist gardening, involves transforming neglected areas, often left completely abandoned and sterile. It provides an opportunity for communities to come together and take it upon themselves to improve their neighborhoods, towns, even cities, converting abandoned lots into a focal point for community pride and care. Not only can it help build community spirit but sometimes has also served to bring food for people in need.
One of the most common tools used in guerrilla gardening is seed bombs. They are designed to provide a growing medium for the seeds, retain moisture to allow them to germinate, provide nutrients for the plant and give protection from animals that may decide to eat them before they germinate. An added benefit? You can make them at home in no time at all.
You’ll need the following:
- 1 cup of clay soil
- 1 cup of compost
- 1/2 cup of water
- 1/4 cup of seeds (wildflowers native to your local area are best as they require less in the way of special care)
- A mold (an old egg carton works well)
- Mix the clay soil, compost, and water together in a bowl.
- Add the seeds and mix well.
- Fill the mold with the mixture, pressing it firmly so it’s compacted (alternatively, you can roll them into balls like a meatball).
- Let the seed bombs dry for 24 hours before using them.
- To use them, simply toss them into an area you want to