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in Flowers, Garden Design, Garden Projects, Living Healthy, Vegetable/ Herb Garden, water wise garden Tags: drought tolerant plants, Guerilla Gardening, nadia's san diego garden blog, seed bomb, succulent landscape
Guerilla Gardening – Gardening without boundaries
The word “seed bomb” is a common word for guerilla gardeners. Here is a web site that defines what a seed bomb is and also has a recipe for how to make one.
Do you hate those blank vacant lots on the side of road and city streets? Have you wanted to put a flower garden in one of those lots but have been afraid of being arrested? Do you not have the money to buy all those flower transplants? Is the lot just to hard to get into? And think of how many times you have seen a bare plot with nothing in it or a neglected flower bed that you just wished you could plant on? Well the seed bomb is just right for you. The seed bomb is cheap compared to buying transplants, is natural and organic, easy to make, pocket-sized, and you can easily cover a large area with seed bombs in a very short time. The seed bomb is also a great weapon in the guerrilla gardeners arsenal when the guerrilla gardener needs to quickly get the job done.
All materials in this instruction are cheap, easy to find, and are natural and organic.
Crayola air dry clay (can use dried red clay), and is found in walmart for about $5.00
Tough Flower seeds such as baby’s breath, sunflower, and forget me not.
compost or worm castings
yogurt container top or any large flat surface
Clay from a dried riverbed (Red or Brown)
For the dried red clay mix 5 parts clay with 1 part compost and 1 part flower seeds, put some careful drops of water into the mixture(make sure not to make it into a goopy sloppy mess!), Knead with hands into a ball, flatten it out and cut to desired size. Now just make into a small ball and let it dry in the sun. Now you have a red clay seed bomb.
ABOVE INFORMATION From WEB LINK: http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Make-a-Seed-Bomb/
Is Guerilla Gardening politically correct? It depends who you ask, for some it is a statement about creating a more beautiful environment and others see it as an invasion or mis-use of private property.
I used to throw wild flower seeds and California native poppies with my kids in open areas around our home when they were young, it gave us a lot of enjoyment to see them blooming several months later.We knew nothing about guerilla gardening or the politically correct way to create more beauty, we just simply threw flower seeds and enjoyed the benefits of the outcome. Part of our inspiration came from a book called Miss Rumphius:
Written and illustrated by Barbara Cooney
Viking Children’s Books 1985The American Book Award winner chronicles the life of Alice Rumphius from childhood to old age. A world traveler, she finally comes home to live by the sea and follow her grandfather’s advice to “do something to make the world more beautiful.” Barbara Cooney provides wonderful illustrations to accompany this inspirational story.
How many areas do we drive by in our own communities that are not kept up and by adding some water wise plants, or wildflowers would brighten the area and anyone’s day that passed by. That’s my opinion anyway. Add more beauty, create some joy, be inspired and inspire others!
Guerilla Gardening Link: Here
16 Jul 2010 4 Comments
A hidden planter covered up by overgrown trumpet vine gets a makeover in my front yard with a drip irrigation system and drought tolerant plants.
22 Jun 2010 9 Comments
The San Diego Mediterranean climate has warm, dry summers and mild winters creating perfect growing conditions for succulent landscapes. We share these climate characteristics with select regions of Chile, Africa, Australia and the Mediterranean Sea which is why many native plants from these regions thrive in San Diego’s sun–loving environment.
Succulents have evolved out of harsh growing conditions and although they require little water, they are quite lush and exotic looking. Other than needing a good draining soil, the overall care is minimal. Succulents are fire-resistant and, unlike their thorny cousin the cactus, they offer smooth foliage and blooms all year-long. Succulent garden-scapes are no longer limited to hillside landscaping with mundane single ice-plant selection, but can be used to create borders for walkways, dramatic potted container designs and specialty theme gardens.
According to California’s water conservation resource at http://www.bewaterwise.com, by planting drought-resistant plants a homeowner can save 30-60 gallons of water each time they water. That seems significant in a time when living greener, smarter and healthier is at the forefront of the American agenda. It just makes sense to plant wisely and save money at the same time.
Inspired by the San Diego Botanic Garden’s Under the Sea exhibit, created by Jeff Moore and Bill Teague, the photos below show a smaller recreation of the same idea. The illusion of a coral reef can be achieved in your own backyard- so mask and snorkel are not needed for this ocean dive! Succulents that mimic the shape of anemones, coral an urchins with vibrant orange and blue colors make this themed garden a showstopper. Taking photos of landscaping ideas and keeping those photos in hand while shopping for plants make it surprisingly easy to recreate.
Materials used for this project include landscaping fabric to eliminate weeds, cactus mix, seashells, lava rocks, boulders, pebbles, succulents, euphorbia, aloe and cacti. Flowing between the rocks and plants are treasures of the sea with Japanese glass floats, heavy rope and ocean figurines. Mixing in other drought tolerant plants that require the same watering needs add diversity and contrast to the succulent-scape design. Building up rocks in mounds not only adds more vertical planting space, but also creates fast drainage, essential for healthy succulents.
No room for a large garden? This can all be achieve in a container pot using the same concepts of design. Only have a small yard space? Create a small Zen garden with smooth round pebbles and succulents planted in a uniform pattern. Hand-painted rocks and stepping-stones can add a personal touch and whimsy to your special garden.
The availability and variety of succulents has increased dramatically over the past 10 years as nurseries try to keep up with the demand for these water wise wonders. Here is a list of popular succulents: Aeonium, Aloe, Euphorbia, Sedum, Sempervivum, Kalanchoe, Haworthia, Graptopetalum and Caralluma for coral-type growth style. I encourage you to experiment with succulents and enjoy the rewards of simple plant care and beautiful surroundings. Happy Gardening!
** Article reprinted from The Beach Break News: Volume 5, Issue 5. Water-Wise Landscaping: Ocean Theme Succulent Garden by Nadia.
* Ocean-Theme online shopping at: Completely Coastal
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Create – Inspire – Grow
15 Oct 2009 4 Comments
Taking cuttings from my garden and transplanting them into a friends garden, this is a Giving Garden. After deciding on a Zen Garden Design (see previous blog about Stepping into Zen), I designed a plant-scape of symmetry and flow. By grouping plant varieties together, it gave the tiered planters an organized eye candy appeal. This project took several carloads of clippings from my succulent, aloe, euphorbia,and cacti plants from my yard. Before transplanting, I dipped each plant into Root Tone/Rooting Hormone to help stimulate root growth as soon as possible. The weaving rocks (placed with landscaping fabric underneath) created a nice visual separation between the plants; giving each section distinction. The right side of the yard gets more shade, so I placed a few flats of impatiens and ferns for that area. The top of the hill stays dry and sunny; a perfect home for the cactus and aloe. Other additions to create a Zen atmosphere of peace were 1) The painted stepping stone 2) A bird feeder that I bought on clearance at Target. 3) Home made bird bath (see previous blog) 4) River Rock . The project took several days in September (during that heat wave we had in California) and was a labor of love. The final photos were taken three weeks later to allow the plants to fill in.
Sharing plant cuttings is a great way to help inspire gardening and also help a friend “Reclaim her yard!”
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