Che Guava Strikes Again: Guerilla Gardening on Nature Strip

Samuel Alexander, a member of Reclaim the Curb, continues his adventures reclaiming his curb …

Someone’s been guerilla gardening on my nature strip again. I think it was Che Guava, but can’t be sure.

You will see from the picture that a wonderful no-dig garden bed is now beautifying the nature strip outside my place. A no-dig bed means exactly that – no digging – which means you don’t have to worry about pipes beneath the earth. And now there is more space for local people to eat local food. That means more people out on the streets talking to each other as they garden; less dependence on supermarkets and fossil-fuel dependent food; and more food security.

It’s a no-brainer.

To make a no-dig bed, you begin by making the garden bed frame out of wood, which I picked up from the salvage yard for a total of $6. I then placed about 20 layers of overlapping wet newspaper within the confines of the bed, to inhibit weeds and grass. I then put a layer of lucene (about 10cm thick) on the newspaper; then a layer of sheep manure; then a layer of pea straw; then another layer of sheep manure; then a layer of compost. I then planted a few flowers in pockets of compost in the corners, to keep the neighbours happy (which is important). I’m now going to let it sit for a couple of weeks and plant it up with potatoes.They same method worked a treat in the backyard. Veges go nuts for no-dig beds. The potatoes should be ready for the street party at Christmas.

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About Juliette

When Juliette was little, she came home from school and asked her mum in her little teary voice why the other kids at school didn’t like her. Her mum reassured her and said 'Don't worry Juliette, you're just different. That's all.' Since then, aware of her obvious difference to everyone else, Juliette is spending her time doing exactly what people wish to be doing – exactly what she wants. This blog is a celebration of taking a deep breath and just doing it. Currently Juliette can be found sipping tea and gardening somewhere in Central Victoria, Australia with her beloved and their excitable boys. She is also completing her PhD in Civic Agriculture and teaches at RMIT in Sustainable Consumption and Design Activism.

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