Guerrilla Gardens

Discussion in 'The Green Patch' started by marlas1too, Feb 4, 2013.


  1. marlas1too

    marlas1too Monkey++

    I'm trying to find something about planting gorilla gardens and haven't found anything so far.can anyone tell me or point me in the right direction to find some information about gorilla gardens in woods or fields
     
  2. oldawg

    oldawg Monkey+++

    Try guerrilla or drop one of the Rs.
     
  3. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    Yeah, like how deep do you plant them? head first, or but first? And do you need to fertilize, or do they self fertilize? Does the hair add fiber? and what kind of yield can I reasonably expect? Thanks for timely answers, as I have one ready now. please hurry. Thanks.
     
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  4. oldawg

    oldawg Monkey+++

    [worthless]
     
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  5. tacmotusn

    tacmotusn Mosquito Sailor

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  6. marlas1too

    marlas1too Monkey++

    don't want to plant flowers want to plant root crops and things that will reproduce their own selves
     
  7. marlas1too

    marlas1too Monkey++

    in the wild woods
     
  8. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    Note to self.....must...have..a..mated....pair. Got it. I'm gonna need a bigger cage.:(
     
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  9. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

    This dude has some good ideas on bushland guerilla gardening....he's a bit long winded, but explains his ideas well.



    Chello's list of 25 (or more) survival and self sustainment guerilla gardening things to consider:

    1. vegetable type and variety...varieties that are acclimatised and that do well in your locality that are disease and pest resistant...select for surviving neglect and self seeding rather than looks, taste or being a prolific producer.

    2. consider plant placement, camouflage, concealment and deception concerning your plantings...your plantings shouldn't look like a formal garden.

    3. consider planting perennials, biennials and annuals that readily volunteer.

    4. consider root vegetables that are not easily identifiable as food crop vegetables.

    5. consider your own security in garden placement and in cropping....you don't want to be ambushed cropping a planting that someone else has stumbled upon.

    6. consider planting unusual or exotic type fruit and vegetables that are not your run of the mill fruit and vegetable shop offerings. some asian, south american and some african and middle eastern vegetable varieties may by unfamiliar to the uninitiated who might look upon the produce with suspicion when seen in its natural growing habit.

    7. cultivate wild foods, vegetables, herbs, roots and berries that are native to the area.

    8. make use of infrequently used waste ground such as utility easements, storm water drainage easements, railway right of way, but be careful of potential soil toxicity.

    9. consider camouflage, concealment and deception from the air as well as from the ground, including concealment of digging spoil and tracks to and from garden locations. Try and design your plantings to blend in with the natural environment.

    10 consider siting guerilla gardens and fruit tree plantings at intervals along probable escape and evasion routes, say about every three to five days foot travel. Plant trees that have a range of early, mid , and late season fruiting varieties....or even multi grafting early, mid and late varieties on the same tree a la fruit salad grafting.

    11 consider waterways for access to planting areas, and as a place to plant aquatic edibles such as water chestnuts etc...just be careful of pollution and toxicity risks.

    12.when siting edible fruit and berry trees and shrubs...consider sowing wild edible herbs to attract pollinators. and insect predators; and consider plantings near hedgerows or shrubs that offer protection for birds that predate on harmful insects and bugs.

    13. Don't site the gardens ON the E&E route itself but at varying angles from and varying distances (4-8 kilometres) off the general axis of the E&E route. this will stop people persuing you from using your gardens and plantings as breadcrumbs to track you, or anticipate your moves and ambush you. Be prepared to zig zag, and not necessarily visit every planting on the way.

    14. Plants ought to be able to fend pretty much for themselves, but consider ways in which you can make best use of water resources, soil fertility and drainage enhancement, slopes, protection from too much sun, or being in too much shade; using mulch discretely to reduce plant and weed competition and reduce water evaporation.

    15. Use permaulture techniques for planning, siting, establishment and maintenance...permaculture techniques replicate natural and primitive methods of cultivation and it also replicates pretty much what happens in the wild

    16. Consider companion planting

    17. Remember OPSEC...only those that need to know, should know locations of and routes to planting areas.

    18. Don't neglect nut trees, or trees and bushes that can be used for manufacturing survival implements, tools or products...bows, arrows, containers, tool handles, firemaking implements, cordage, etc

    19. Consider keeping coded or encrypted geo-cacheing information to help your navigation to planting locations, and help you to remember what is where so that you can plan your garden maintenance and cropping expeditions.

    20. Consider using hugelkulture techniques....again, this replicates what happens in nature and increases water holding capacity in the soil, particularly helpful where rainfall is low or intermittent

    21. Consider plantings near hunting stands to attract game...consider plantings on the way to or from hunting stands and fishing holes...just because you may not bag some game, or catch some fish, you might as well bring something home with you for the cook pot. You can place some set lines or fish traps and use the time waitin' to do some cultivatin' or croppin'.

    22. if visiting plantings frequently...set animal snares and traps near plantings...it will help reduce crop losses and will add to the cookpot.

    24. Consider guerilla bee keeping....it will help in pollination of your guerilla garden plantings, it will help with wild plant productivity in the area, and as a bonus will give you honey...which will be good for sustenance...and very tradeable when sweetners are in short supply.

    25. Consider grain plantings, particularly grains that don't look like edibles to the unobservant eye.

    I brainstormed these 25 ideas....they are listed in no particular order of importance, or indeed in any logical order.

    some considerations may conflict with one or other...and you may have to make tradeoffs and compromises.
     
  10. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    Priceless -- :lol:
     
  11. Mindgrinder

    Mindgrinder Karma Pirate Ninja Jedi Bipolar WINNING M.L.F.

    Brilliant and very logical in any order.
    Good post man.

    G
     
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  12. DKR

    DKR Interesting ideas, interesting stories

    Your local University extension service is a good place to begin looking for local plants that have minimal requirement for cultivation.

    We like chard, spinach and potatoes. Unfortunately, so does the local wildlife. Still trying to sort out barrier plants that won't draw attention.
     
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  13. BTPost

    BTPost Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    If your garden is a Wildlife Magnet, so much the better, as harvesting Meat, is as worthy a pursuit, as growing a garden.... .... YMMV.....
     
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  14. DKR

    DKR Interesting ideas, interesting stories

    Yup, that is - once all the rules on hunting and limits are out the window. Until that happens, the critters get a free meal... In the long run, not a bad thing, at some point 'pest' reduction = a meal.
     
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  15. tacmotusn

    tacmotusn Mosquito Sailor

    Down here in florida deer have a habit of destroying even food plots meant for them. Fences mean little to them in most cases, but I have found they do not like fencing strung horizontal to the ground that they would have to step in. Till and area 10 foot wide and 50 foot long or so. If you have access to 48" standard livestock fencing so much the better. You need 104 foot. Cut it into 2 pieces 52 foot long. You need 18 pointed stakes 2x4x36", also 12 cross pieces 2x4x60". Starting at the center of one end of the tilled area, drive your first stake, and then another down the center of the patch every 10 feet. You should leave about 20 to 22 inches sticking above ground. A string line helps to keep this all straight. Now do the stakes down both long sides of the patch. There should be about 52" inbetween the center and outer row stakes. Starting on one side, screw your cross piece from center to one side outer stake. crosspiece should be about 15 to 18" to top, off the ground. do this from one end to the other. keep your cross pieces on same side of stakes for the entire run. Now run the cross pieces on the other side at same heigth. Obviously the cross pieces will have to be on the other side of the stakes. Now water and plant your deer food patch. I like cowpeas, bush beans, sweet potatoes. With a helper stretch fencing across one side from end to end. It should lay flat across the crosspieces, and I normally use electrical wire staples to secure it to the cross pieces. Do the same to the other side. Water once a week if you do not get rain. You will get a lush growth that grows up thru the fencing. Deer will be drawn to it like bears to honey, bacon, or apples. They won't however destroy it to the ground, and it will continue to grow thru the season. It sure makes it easy to harvest venison for the freezer. Live traps can also be set nearby for raccoon , and I have some special traps I use for squirrels and rabbits. You can actually harvest some beans and sweet potatoes from this setup once you have all the venison you want.
     
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  16. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

     
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  17. Mindgrinder

    Mindgrinder Karma Pirate Ninja Jedi Bipolar WINNING M.L.F.

    Thx Kellory!
    I am definately buying 1 of these!
     
  18. NotSoSneaky

    NotSoSneaky former supporter

    When planting your crops in forest clearings be sure not to take the same way in every time you visit for maintence. Humans tend to be creatures of habit and can easily wear trails into the forest floor.
     
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  19. DMGoddess

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  20. tacmotusn

    tacmotusn Mosquito Sailor

    Air Potatoes and walking onions. The Amazing Edible "Air Potato" and Its Enemy... The Government David Goodman is the local Guru in my area on the edible air potato. His gardening blog is free and worth subscribing to The Survival Gardener - Permaculture, Food Forests, Homesteading and Survival: The Gardening Blog of David The Good edible potato also known as winged yam. BTW David has a ton of videos on youtube. Here is your perennial onion for guerilla gardening that will grow almost anywhere in the usa (not sure on Alaska) Egyptian Walking Onion wild florida onions look very much like this to include the topsetting seed/bulbs. the difference as I see it none of them I have found make these weird twists and turns at the head. I will be guerilla gardening both. Growing Egyptian Onions in Your Backyard Egyptian Walking Onions
    walking onion bulbils are available on amazon
     
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