Walking to the bus stop every day, I’ve been noticing a few areas of no-man’s land: little areas alongside or in between roads, that aren’t maintained by either the city or the neighboring home owners. Nothing flourishes there, apart from blackberries and trash. For a while I’ve been thinking we should do some guerrilla gardening. In fact, we did try to start some J-chokes in one place last year, but they didn’t survive. I was finally propelled to action by the annual Rainier Valley neighborhood cleanup event. It’s happening on the 24th of April, and I’m leading a volunteer effort to clean, weed, and re-plant a couple of these neglected areas.
Of course, there’s more than one reason for doing this. Besides improving the neighborhood, it gives me some more space to plant stuff that won’t fit into our own little lot: an oak tree, more fruit trees, some filbert bushes, berries, and whatever else I feel like. It’s my own little horticultural playground – with the incidental benefit of eliminating an eye-sore, and perhaps introducing some people to the possibilities of urban food production.
Here’s what it looks like right now:
And here’s my vision of what will eventually be growing there: