Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Guerrilla Gardening

It's a very interesting form of lawless flower power, planting flowers and vegetables on public land, parched and sour otherwise, in the middle of the night. It's illegal but really shouldn't be. Anyone who has spent time in some of those neglected areas where the soil itself is screaming its sickness agrees that a few calandulas or grasses would make a world of difference. Just fluffing the soil up a bit and adding some compost would be a life-saving act of kindness, even if you plant nothing there as the birds would.

I believe that humans need to feel a connection to nature to be healthy themselves. Children need to learn where food comes from, need to see plants grow, flowers open and seedpods develop. Children need to get their hands dirty with the dark, fertile soil which is the real mother of us all. Guerrilla gardening won't accomplish that but at least it puts plants in more places for people to see and enjoy.