July 3, 2010 at 3:40 pm (Climate Change, Community, Food, Peak Oil)
Tags: community allotments, guerilla gardening, local food
Well, today was our community planting day for our 12 lovely new raised beds!!
Our local councillor came down and we even had the Mayor of Bury digging in some beans.
We are hoping to get some kind of hut to keep stuff in, and if the weather is nice in a couple of weeks, we are going to have a community barbeque up there!!
March 16, 2010 at 2:38 pm (Food, Peak Oil)
Tags: community allotments, Food, guerilla gardening
Guerilla gardening is fun!!
A few posts back I was talking about the areas of derelict land in our neighbourhood which we are going to try to do something with. Well, one of the smaller parcels of land has now been tidied up and a few raised beds installed for anyone to use.
As this is the first project of its kind round here, people won’t immediately know what to do, so today at lunchtime I strolled into town in the spring sunshine and bought a variety of stuff to start these beds off with.
I planted them up variously with blackberry, blackcurrant, redcurrant, raspberry, gooseberry, strawberry, cranberry, rhubarb, onion sets and spuds.
It was great, as I was planting quite a few people who were wandering past stopped to chat with me, asking what I was planting and who the land belonged to. I explained and they laughed, wishing me good luck with it all. There were quite a few comments along the lines of, ‘your food will get nicked!’, but after I explained that it would be there for the taking, people seemed quite impressed. It was great to chat to, and have a bit of a laugh with, people I had never met before, and hopefully it brightened their day too and I hope that they might keep an eye on me veg every time they wander past. I can hope!
I had a few seed potatoes left, so on the walk back home I did a bit of ‘proper’ guerilla gardening, planting the spuds in a couple of planters I found which were looking neglected. That’s the great thing about spuds, if you want to get rid of them from your land, the only way to do it us by digging them up and eating them!! 😉