Guerrilla gardening only consists of cultivating plants on land that is not owned by yourself. Therefore, it is quite possible to engage in it on rural land, and there are even websites to help you out. I found a website with recipes for seed balls, which can spread seeds to places that need them (clearcuts, perhaps?), and I’m there are plenty of others out there as well.
Guerilla gardening is designed to be a fight against desolate, neglected, filthy, and otherwise wasted land. I should think that there’s neglect and filth to be found in rural land just as there is urban, and so think the struggle of guerilla gardners can be seriously undertaken in both environments. The cited link is the official website of guerilla gardening and offers many great resources and support systems for your own adventures in GG.
Since guerrilla gardening harbors the huge risk that lots of time and effort can go to waste (eviction, re-clearing, even legal motions against the guerrilla gardeners), one of its most important effects is political, rather than ecological.
Indeed, guerrilla gardening has a huge impact on the public psyche. Upon seeing it, people may wonder, “why shouldn’t someone be allowed to turn that wasted, wasteful piece of land into a beautiful, practical garden?” Especially when legal battles arise over a particular piece of land, the political statement of guerrilla gardening is felt far and wide. A famous case in Los Angela in 2006 became national news when even the city mayor could not convince the landowner not to bulldoze the garden created by guerrilla gardeners.
For this reason, urban guerrilla gardening might be (politically) more effective than its rural counterpart. It will have greater coverage, reach more people, and change more minds about the land use practices that destroy our planet more and more every day.
Not at all! In fact many urban areas may contain heavy metals which will contaminate the fruit. One of the best ideas is to plant many non-typical food plants that won’t be recognized as such. Amaranth, rhubarb, carrot, parsnip, ground cherries and other weed-like species are not likely to be identified and are thus perfect for guerilla gardening. Native plants are also spectacular because they re-establish biodiversity. A few tips:
-Don’t bother with sunflowers because the squirrels will always get them
-Look out for sources of contamination such as gasoline runoff, or exhaust. Also, try not to plant in old homesites because of lead paint in the soil.
-Try to find an area that is not heavily browsed by deer species
-Look out for underground utility lines!
-Avoid planting, “poisonous look-alikes” that might be confused for plants like poison hemlock or water parsnip
-Focus on root species that do not have obvious aboveground growth, such as jerusalem artichoke or ground nuts
-Good luck and happy harvests!
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