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Grow Your Own

“Let’s fight the filth with forks and flowers!” is the rallying cry that opens Richard Reynolds book On Guerilla Gardening. It’s a fun and surprisingly inspiring read that deals with the ins-and-outs of illicit gardening–the use of public space to grow vegetables, flowers & other green stuffs. Although community and city gardens are starting to take off in a big way, this book makes it clear that guerilla and urban gardens aren’t anything new; there’s an entire secret history of illicit gardening, from New York community gardens built on vacant lots to dispossessed Honduran Chiquita workers who appropriated abandoned banana plantation land.

Although we’re nearing the end of summer planting season, you’ve still got a little time to get out there and get planting. Why not plant some flowers in your neighborhood, or grow an herb garden? Gardening is cheap, fun, and as you can see from this picture, you can do it just about anywhere.

A few inspiring local sites:
Grow Pittsburgh
Frick Greenhouse Project
Pittsburgh Food Forests
Pittsburgh Permaculture

Need still more inspiration?
Check out one of these fun (and non-traditional) gardening books:

You Grow Girl : the groundbreaking guide to gardening by Gayla Trail

On guerrilla gardening : a handbook for gardening without boundaries by Richard Reynolds

Food not Lawns: How to Turn Your Yard into a Garden and Your Neighborhood into a Community by H.C. Flores

Garden Anywhere by Alys Fowler

Happy growing!

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