In guerilla gardening this week

…there has been some bad news.  First the evidence that the poisoner had come through mounted.  Then, concrete pipes were delivered to the neighbourhood (which is a good thing–they are intended to improve drainage and prevent flooding) and placed on top of quite a few plants.  Then the workers who installed the pipes drove their car up onto more plants, killing quite a few.  Then they took out an entire bank of saltbush that were a really good size when they installed the pipes.  And as I assessed the damage I realised that someone had come through and pulled out all of the wallaby grass.  I am sure it was done in error.  They didn’t realise it was wallaby grass and no doubt wondered why the poisoner had left it untouched.  So anyway.  I planted these this morning.

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The neighbour whose place is next to the new pipe and I had a chat about how unnecessary all the damage was, but agreed we could fix it in time.  Otherwise it has been a week of weeding the neighbourhood (I have no idea how the poisoner’s route is determined–but mercifully, it isn’t complete coverage). As I was headed over to tend to my friends’ chickens, I spent an hour nearby grubbing out this awful invasive grass.  I had spent all spring pulling it every time I passed, but it’s called ‘invasive’ for a reason.

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On the way home, I collected rubbish.  May as well.

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I planted this rather lovely specimen only last summer, and now it is looking very much at home. And, now there is less rubbish and less invasive grass in the neighbourhood. I can feel good about that.

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4 responses to “In guerilla gardening this week

  1. sunshineandgardens

    You’re incredibly resilient. Hopefully the new plants will grow quickly in the moist soil.

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    • Surely all that rain will help a lot! I’ve thought a lot about resilience in this context. It’s partly that I’ve decided that if I want to guerilla garden I have to expect setbacks and roll with them. It’s partly that I think of plants as my role models. They make a lot of seed and only a fraction of it survives, but lots of seeds to start with is what makes that level of survival possible. I think of people revegetating outside cities, who expect a high rate of loss. And I also think that I am caring for Kaurna land: trying to care for land that has suffered so much under colonisation. It seems the least I can do, not to be put off by setbacks that are so much smaller than that of invasion.

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  2. That was so sad, but I’m glad you’ve kept going. Good luck!

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