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Guerrilla Gardening
« on: April 23, 2014, 08:03:02 AM »
We call our ancestors "hunter-gatherers", but if you follow their modern-day equivalents, the term "planter-gatherers" might be more appropriate.  A large percentage of the gathering time is devoted to collecting and distributing seeds to ensure a continued food supply.  As someone taking a course in the Pacific Northwest said about an area the instructor took care of, once he recognized what was edible, he couldn't take two steps without stepping on food.

Guerrilla gardening is the fashionable term for planting edible species in forgotten, weedy corners, where you can come back later and harvest.  This greatly expands the area one has available to grow food while decreasing its fragility.  Of course, not all varieties are amenable to this treatment; you need plants that will still produce even with extreme neglect.

One of the favorite tools of the guerrilla gardener is the seed bomb.  This is a little package of soil, compost, and seeds which help the seeds get started in harsh conditions.  Here is Mr. Brown Thumb explaining a lazy way of making them: