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Gardening in Public Spaces Message Board › Los Angeles Times Article on Guerrilla Gardening in Los Angeles

Los Angeles Times Article on Guerrilla Gardening in Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA
Post #: 177
Guerrilla gardener movement takes root in L.A. area

"Guerrilla gardens can serve the same purpose as the Victory gardens," says Taylor Arneson, editor of the Los Angeles Permaculture Guild newsletter and a proponent of sustainable food production. He and a friend raised a farmers market worth of crops -- corn, beans, squash, tomatoes, lettuce, watermelon, cucumber and more -- in a guerrilla dig at a large planter bed in front of an office building on Bundy Drive in West Los Angeles. Farming in broad daylight, they got support from office workers and kids excited to see real cornstalks.

Arneson's approach is to plant first and make arrangements with sympathetic locals to hook up to water taps later. Keeping a guerrilla garden irrigated is one of the trickiest parts of the game. Arneson, a graduate student in village-scale permaculture design, says he rules out 99% of the vacant lots he scouts because they don't have a reliable water source. He looks for some elevation or berm that will let the plants catch water.,0,2094982.story­
A former member
Post #: 99
I hate to plant a seed of caution but when seeking to greenify please be responsible and try as often as possibe to plant indigenous species. So Cal already has to contend with imigrant species that have invaded and taken over our local hillsides leading to monocultural landscapes where native plants struggle to keep a foothold.
A former member
Post #: 35
When the Depression hits & food shortages become a reality, I doubt if there's going to be much concern about indigenous plant survival ...
A former member
Post #: 100
I hope you took the time to read the article, the 'guerilla gardener' depicted was very environment friendly choosing plants that suited the areas, not just any old thing that could easily do more harm than good and let's not forget that indigenous plants shape the environment and its long term survival. So, cast aside your 'it won't matter so long as we eat now' and think a little bit more long term so that we end the cycle of 'me now' which is how we get into these positions in the first place.
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