Introduction: Guerilla Gardening: a Basic Guide
Guerilla Gardening is a type of nonviolent statement to bring about change in your community. It is just more accurately described by Wikipedia...
"Guerrilla gardening is political gardening, a form of nonviolent direct action, primarily practiced by environmentalists. It is related to land rights, land reform, and permaculture. Activists take over ("squat") an abandoned piece of land which they do not own to grow crops or plants. Guerrilla gardeners believe in re-considering land ownership in order to reclaim land from perceived neglect or misuse and assign a new purpose to it."
This is a guide to how I planted my first guerilla tree and everything I used in order to get it to this new location.
Step 1: Gather Your Materials
For my tree I used several items to get it, transport it and plant it into an unoccupied space.
a camera phone
an open field
a place to steal a tree from
and of course... Common sense.
Step 2: Find Some Trees and a Place to Move Them.
For me, right across the road is a hillside that is just covered in trees and is almost impossible to be developed. This makes it extremely easy for me to go and find a couple of saplings and pull them right out of the ground. The easiest place to pull them out is next the the train tracks where there the ground is full of rocks and old coal.
If you can't just pull the sapling out, use a spade or shovel to loosen up the dirt around the tree. If you cannot transplant the tree immediately find a shady spot to set it in until you can move it.
Step 3: Prepare to Transplant.
Speed is the key here. Assuming that you are in a place that isn't owned by you... you need to get in and out as fast as possible. Be sure you have your shovel, camelbak, tree, and common sense... You will need all four.
Go out on a nice night that you can still see by the moonlight or on a part of the day when most of the surrounding houses are busy inside and take everything with you.
Get to your digging site and set the tree on it's side and camelbak out of the way. Using your shovel, dig out the first layer of grass, keep this to the side. Dig down far enough into the ground to cover up the roots, about 8-9 inches was good for me.
Set your tree in the hole and push back in most of the dirt that you shoveled out. Pack in the grass that you set aside in order to support the tiny tree.
Pick up the camelbak and pour out all of the water onto your new tree, it will need it.
Step 4: Enjoy and Protect Your Tree
Since this isn't my land I will have to take some measures to protect my tree. Eventually I will put some mulch around it and maybe a little stonework. For right now I will just be watering it and keeping the grass cut low until I am positive the city workers will mow around instead of over the poor little thing.
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