Guerrilla Gardening: Blackberry Seed Bombs

This weekend we got out and did some guerrilla gardening under the guise as a family out for an evening walk.

If you're unfamiliar with the term, guerrilla gardening is defined by Wikipedia as:

"Guerrilla gardening is the act of gardening on land that the gardeners do not have the legal rights to utilize, such as an abandoned site, an area that is not being cared for, or private property." Wikipedia

This past weekend we made some blackberry jam using several pints of blackberries. We strained a good portion of the seeds from the jam and I kept them to plant.

We already have plenty of blackberries at our house, so I combined them with some dirt and natural clay from our yard (the clay helps protect them from the birds) and rolled them into balls and allowed them to dry.

Then the next time we went for a family walk, I carried a bag full of the seed balls and threw them out along the trail in areas known as the "wildlife mitigation area". These are areas along the public trail where the city doesn't mow the grass and allows whatever grows to be untamed.

In a few months I'll have to go back and see if I can find any of the plants that might have taken hold. It'll be great to have more berry bushes and floral forage for the bees.
Although the seeds will have to survive the local turtle population that crawls out of the creek beds to gorge on the nearby plants.

Comments For This Post: (2) | Post Your Comments! Hide The Comment Form
Holly says...
Date:   June 4, 2014, 12:13 pm

Yay for guerrilla gardening!  Spread the seeds!

Tim says...
Date:   July 3, 2014, 2:28 am

Thats a mighty fine turtle you found there. Obviously you don't have a weed problem with blackberry over there. In Australia they are a prolific weed with many farmers spending a lot of money and time trying to get rid of them. Saying that blackberry jam is delicious.

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