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Picture of Guerrilla gardening - bombing style
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Imagine you're driving through the urban jungle. You're living your life, trying to do what's right and while you're eating miles and avoiding crossing skaters, elderly persons, dogs and raccoons you see all those monotonous roundabouts, roadsides & abandoned spaces. Sometimes they're planted with things called 'flowers', most of the time there's just nothing but grass. If there is, any grass. Prozac, now!

Wouldn't it be just great to have some kind of magic stick to transform all those spaces in wild growing, colourful & useful flashes of green wilderness, with flowers, vegetables, cereals or, if you want, potatoes? Instant photoshop, for example.

Such magic stick exists! Only, it's not magic, and there's no stick. But there's better: bombs! Time bombs!

In this I'ble I'll show you how to make so called 'seed bombs'. You'll make them, you'll shape them, and you'll launch them on every spot you want to transform. The result will not be seen immediately but a result there will be. Be patient, it's a time bomb. And when it will explode, the result will be fabulous!

This concept of 'gardening' makes part of so called 'guerrilla gardening'. Guerrilla gardening is nothing new. It's a concept that rose in the US in the seventies with as main purpose to reclaim land in urbanised areas and put a finger in the smelly wound of agro-globalism. There's a very nice definition on the net, better than I ever could explain, but let's say that it's a direct political form of action, using gardening as a mean of environmental action.
It defends the right to land, agrarian reform, and sustainable agriculture. In short it's a kind of reclaiming urban public space (wastelands, industrial areas, green spaces) by citizens willing to put nature back in the city, with burning questions about food autonomy of cities, beautiful places in the city and on mismanaged private property.

But it is above all very entertaining, and deliciously subversive!

There are many ways to be a green guerrilla. Some guerrillas will transform public spaces into real gardens - once we found a few dozens of cannabis plants in the middle of a wildlife reserve (!), others will dislocate trees and plant them elsewhere and others will randomly bomb. There are even 'evil guerrillas' - those who make bombs filled with seeds of plants that most people hate: nettles, thistles or human-devouring tulips. Free beer for them!

You can be any green guerrilla you want! Let's booooooooooomb!!!
 
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UruWalter1 month ago
muy bueno lo voy a hacer
Charlisaurio5 months ago

Great idea!

rozyb245 months ago
awesome! Great idea!
bricobart (author)  rozyb245 months ago

Thanx friend, I hope the japanese inventor is a member of the site!

TioFrio5 months ago

Love the idea

bricobart (author)  TioFrio5 months ago

Thanx, me too ;)

sallylea5 months ago
May be a dumb question, but what about throwing these on coarse gravel that has soil beneath? In other words no landscaping fabric to block weeds?
bricobart (author)  sallylea5 months ago

The balls will slowly desintegrate by rain and the clay will wash gradually through the gravel, providing a perfect ground for those seedlings.

jmurray325 months ago
good post and good idea, in the uk our roundabouts aren't as well maintained so i can imagine it being quite effective over here. i would be less about the veg in my bombs though and more about hardy flowering plants in that senario because of the fuel exhaust.
bricobart (author)  jmurray325 months ago

Yep, good idea!

ibwebb5 months ago

I may be a little late to chime in here, but I am going to anyway. I am not sure why some..others... seem so angry about you doing this. As you instructed; you are using 'native plants' so I am not sure as to the problem. Granted i am in the U.S. so it might be different there, but here there medians, etc that have native plants growing anyway and there are signs saying not to cut/pick them. They are avoided when the mowers come through as well. So, you may even be helping the area by adding flowers instead of the blanket of grass seed that half grow and half wash away. The government entities that are over this do not have the money or time to put flowers/nice plants in them. Some cities do, but most do not have the budget for it. I would think that they would like it (though I wouldn't stand up and say that I did it). Though if they really do not want them there they will just run the mower over them until they die off. I LOVE YOUR IDEA myself, but where I live...I'll just use these in my own yard/garden.

bricobart (author)  ibwebb5 months ago

Thanx mate, I totally agree! I'm sure if we all start throwing a few balls a year in a few years we could change the face of our landscapes. And it could be a great project to make kids sensitive to issues as loss of biodiversity, food autonomy etc. in a very funny way!

LunaEros5 months ago

The land you're talking about belongs to the governments that have codes about what can be where or are privately owned.

And a lot of cities major base of income is tourism. They have a specific way the city is designed to attract the tourists. Destroying these spaces with plants other than what they have designed is probably illegal.

Besides what have you got against grass anyway? A lot of urbanites love the way manicured grass areas look. And there is PLENTY of land that is being and is zoned for farming. Just because you don't like it doesn't mean everyone is like that.

And egging on subversives to do this to their neighbors lawns is wrong and if they do and they're found out will probably get them injured.

phemy LunaEros5 months ago

I don't think this is "destroying" spaces necessarily. From an ecological and agricultural perspective it is enhancement. Grass is nice aesthetically but reduces the biodiversity of insects and invertebrates of the area it grows if artificially planted. Additionally, it provides no resources for pollinators. Almost all of our food (even some meat and dairy due to alfalfa feeding) exists because of pollinators and they are in severe decline worldwide. Most farming in the first world is just as manicured as those grassy areas so does not provide the kind of habitat native planting such as this does. Besides, plants in their native setting don't grow at a rate that is a threat, you can always cut or pull!

evara1 LunaEros5 months ago

I can understand his hate for the city landscape. You say it is designed to attract tourists, but the blatant artificial look of it all is just dreadful and quite frankly repressive. Any alteration done by this kind of "warfare" is a welcome change from the repulsive "Urban garden" look.

bricobart (author)  evara15 months ago

You got the picture, bomb it!

bricobart (author)  LunaEros5 months ago

The day our cities will be surrounded by evil forces, you will stare at your beautiful grass.

But I will eat mashed potatoes.

lee4645 months ago

Sorry, I don't see the point of this, but It sounds fun in theory. Medians and other grassy areas all have one thing in common: they are frequently mowed ( in USA anyways). Your precious seedlings don't stand a chance. It worked for Fukuokasan because he did it on his own property. Nice instructable on seed bombs, though.

bricobart (author)  lee4645 months ago

In Belgium roadside mowing has to occur after flowering season, so once the plants are settled and they stand against the other species the job's done.

And, we did the same as Fukuokasan: all those balls are dispersed over our garden. Got to make new ones! ;)

Debi Tippets5 months ago
love the idea. I'd probably use California Poppy seeds. If that makes me a sinner oh well!
bricobart (author)  Debi Tippets5 months ago

Poppies are a wonderful idea, like it!