December 3, 2009
July 10, 2009
July 5, 2009
It would appear as though both myself and some Guerrilla activities have all but vanished in the past month. I am, however, done report cards, free from school and have the summer off.
Late in the season it may be, but there are still many things to do. Not the least discussing some changes to the current group structure so that things don't grind to a halt when I'm tending to other commitments. I have 100 native perennial sunflowers sitting on my balcony... with the likely hood of being able to acquire more.
I encourage as many people to come out as possible as I'd like a chance to re-brainstorm the workings, goals, and aspirations of the group.
June 3, 2009
Hello Guerrillas, I have a few more updates for the moment. There is a potential for a lot of new projects in the near future.
Hello Guerrillas, I have a few more updates for the moment. There is a potential for a lot of new projects in the near future. 1) First off, we're looking for some more people to help do some watering in the 118th Avenue area. We currently have to sites there are are thinking about maybe doing another. It would, however, be great to have a few extra people (especially those living in the area) to help with the occasional water run. 2) There is an old abandoned planter across from the carrot on 118th that i think would make an interesting vegetable garden, beans, tomatoes, beans, cucumbers, pears, etc. I'd like to partner with the community on this one as to help provide some regular watering (lest we find some more guerrillas in the area). Potential soil preparation this Friday. 3) The Edible Food Forest Project is soon set to be underway. I'm currently waiting upon a local permaculturalist who has agreed to take a look at the site and help us plan it out a little. Looking to get going sometime in the next week and a half. 4) Native plantings on Whyte. There are a couple of spots that I have in mind but I thought it would be great to take some of the many native perennial sunflowers (and other natives) on my balcony and find a home for them. Sites in mind: abandoned planters near Millcreek Bridge and along the old Esso station. Planting sometime in the next two weeks. Dustin 780.432.6181
May 30, 2009
It would appear as though we've been getting some good press this spring from some of the local magazines. The newest, by Andrew Paul, shows a softer, more cooperative side of the Guerrilla Gardeners.
May 19, 2009
We're planning a Guerrilla Gardening event to celebrate International Biodiversity Day (this Friday, though the actual planting will not fall on the same day). The Edmonton Naturalization Group and Bedrock Seeds have agreed to provide the group with native Alberta perennials. The only thing we need is a currently unloved, publicly visible location.
If you think you might have a location in mind please, please post it in the Facebook discussion board by following the link below or as a comment at the end of this post.
In addition, I'm looking for more people interested in taking on more of a leadership role in the group. I'm loving the challenge, and am more then willing but don't want to run the risk of spreading myself thin.
May 10, 2009
A big thank you to all the Guerrilla's (not all shown in picture) who helped make yesterday's event on Alberta Avenue a huge success and to the community for helping us out with ten flats of plants! Dare I say our most successful event yet?.
On Saturday May 9th, 2009, the Edmonton Guerrilla Gardeners ascended upon two locations in the Alberta Avenue area:
118th Avenue - 92 Street (South Side of 118th)
- Flower beds (annuals) against a construction site fence planted on either side of a Canada Post mailbox.
118th Avenue - 93 Street (North Side of 118th)
-Flower bed (annuals and native perennials) under a billboard.
To see more picture of the event check out the following links:
In addition, I'd like to welcome our 300th member to the Edmonton Guerrilla Gardeners Facebook Group!
May 5, 2009
April 23, 2009
April 5, 2009
Swing on by, chat, pick up some seeds or start some here. A come when you can, stay for a while if you'd like kind of evening evening. Simply drop by Landen and I's apartment anytime between 5:30pm and 10:30pm this Thursday evening
I would love to opportunity to chat to as many people as possible about the up and coming year, plans, dreams, aspirations, and at the same time start some plants too. I have many seeds but you're always welcome to bring some of your own... we could use a few more sunflowers!
-Seed starting tray/empty egg cartons
-Small amount of potting soil.
Follow the link and request an invite if interested. If you do not have Facebook contact me at 780.432.6181 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
Facebook Event Link
March 17, 2009
Thanks to a generous donation by Bedrock Seeds the Edmonton Guerrilla Gardeners are sitting on a nice little pile of native Alberta seeds. With some stratification and a lot of love, these seeds will be beautifying Edmonton's landscape in no time... not to mention increasing biodiversity, providing habitat for insects and animals, and returning a few natives back into the environment.
Dalea purpurea Vent. (purple prairie clover):
Symphyotrichum laeve: (smooth blue aster):
Potentilla gracilis: (slender cinquefoil):
Hedysarum alpinum: (Alpine Sweetvetch)
Oxytropis monticola: ((yellowflower locoweed):
Agastache foeniculum: (Giant Hyssop)
February 28, 2009
Project: Edmonton Green Map
The creation of an online, publicly accessible, open-source map of the Edmonton featuring places of natural interest and the location of publicly available food.
Entrails: Finding funding, familiarizing ourselves with Google Maps, canvasing the city for publicly available food sources, networking with other groups and organizations.
Project: Green Roof ???
There should be a large question mark next to this item. There has been some discussion of creating a green roof on top of a prominent Edmonton Business (with owner consent). A lot of things need to line up before this can become a reality (fingers crossed).
Entails: Finding funding, networking with other groups and organizations, further discussions with the business owner.
Project: Native Plant Garden
The continuation of the reclamation of an abandoned home site in the Mill-Creek Ravine area. The site has been abandoned for some time and currently consists of some rubble and a lot of invasive, non-native species. We started cleaning the site up and planting Edmonton native plants last fall and would love to continue improving and learning from the site.
I also see some potential to play around with some permaculture principals and to include many native edible plants.
Entails: Acquiring more native seed and plant material (Bedrock Seeds, Edmonton Naturalization Group).
Project: Monthly Mass Plantings
The original Guerrilla Gardening act; we've decided to concentrate on three of four larger plantings this year as opposed to many sporadic little ones (though we still encourage it). There has been talk about doing one large planting for each of May, June, and July. We are, however, looking to be starting some seeds now.
Entails: Finding three to four suitable locations (publicly accessible, visible, etc), acquiring seeds and plants.
Project: Edible Plant Garden
The returning of the Edmonton Guerrilla Gardeners to a previous spot and adding more food producing plants. Dare I say edible food forest?
Entails: Learning more about the history of the site, consulting professionals on the creation of edible food forests, acquiring plant material.
Project: Community Garden
Last year, we were able to plant a vegetable garden together as a group. At the end of the summer, the food was collected and donated to the food bank. We would welcome the opportunity to do this again this year.
Entails: Finding a suitable Community Garden within the city (Let's Get Dirty Garden?), starting some vegetables prior to planting.
Project: Edible Plant Propagation
Tying in with the Edmonton Green Map a few of us thought it would be fun to take cuttings from many of Edmonton's Saskatoons (and other food producing plants) then propagate, and replant along the boarder of the river valley.
Entails: Consulting a professional on the propagation of Saskatoons and other edible plants, locate suitable plants for cutting/seed gathering.