Finally we are making the Community Garden become real.
We are using permaculture techniques and the clay pot ollas that SLOWWATER produces, in order to save water, time and make the crops grow more efficiently. We set some layers of brunches, leaves, organic soil, humus and soil again.
Take a look at our facebook page, if interested in more pictures.
Reusing is a great topic.
When we reuse items, we re-invent their possible combination with the enviroment.
With our imagination, everything could do anything: it’s a magical power.
Sometimes it works, many other times it does not.
This garden is made with plastic bottles, which have a little technological variation, in order to become subirrigated planters.
The experiment seems working pretty well, especially with the aromatic herbs and flowers. I’m trying tomatoes and eggplants too, but obviously they are not very productive.
This urban way to cultivate let us spare space, money and time.
The black thin pipe is the automatic drop watering system. It makes it even easier!
Ikea found this technique so interesting that they organized with us a first beautiful workshop for 15 families, offering one “Snalis” container full of plants to each family.
Everybody was involved in setting the container and planting tomatoes, zucchini, lettuces, eggplants.. It was a success and we all are looking forward to repeat this experience.
We created even some clear instructions, with the Ikea design:
We are very excited about a new project going on here in Florence.
We are creating a group of volunteers to set up the first urban community vegetable garden based on the subirrigation.
Subirrigation is a very efficient and simple technology that is known since centuries and centuries but is still not very popular, especially among urban citizens.
Here’s a presentation (in italian) for more details:
Our goal is to create a network of little city vegetable gardens and share this knowledge with everybody interested.
We’ll post surely the progress of the project!
The exact day Melissa and Giacomo got married (10 of July 2010) this picture was published by Io Donna (Corriere della Sera).
It was part of a very nice article about special gardens in Italy..
This hanging vegetable one, on the Florentine roofs, was included for its originality, we suppose.
Johnny Kelly is really an amazing visual poet.
In this fantastic video he mixes stopmotion and classical drawing animation, crating a beautiful story about the cycle of a seed.
I thank him for having generated such an incredible work, and I’m proud to share it with all of you!
Yesterday Guerrilla Gardener took part to the Eco Parking Day in Florence.
It’s a great idea born in San Francisco in 2005, that has been sprouting all over the world and finally arrived to Florence. It was superbly organized by Kindi which created even this site to celebrate the event.
We had such a fun!
Many kids came to play with our seedmatches… let’s just hope they’ll plant them next spring.
We’d like to share with you this 2 minutes interview (in italian) where we present some of our green ideas.
It was recorded the 25th of june and was shown the exact day of our wedding, the 10 of july.
After a workshop where we produced hundreds of seedbombs, we went for a green mission along the river Arno, in Florence.
The goal is to capture the attention of the city regarding an area that could be used, instead of being left abandoned as it is.
We dream to have a big, community vegetable garden there, next year.
So the plan was to draw a SMILE using the seedbombs as pixels, and throw others randomly all around…
Even if we should have been doing this at least one month ago, we still think that something will… explode soon.
That’s a simple idea with the ambitious goal to make people more sensitive to the value and potential of a few seeds.
It’s pocket-size and can be used anywhere: in our garden, on the balcony or in other abandoned public spaces of the city.
It recently won a design competition!!
Check it out HERE:
In Brescia, in the Galleria dell’Incisione, next sunday we’ll celebrate Easter with a green and sustainable idea.
With many children we’ll play a big game for hunting all the “ingredients” needed for the seedbombs, then we’ll produce them with egg shape…
Stay tuned to see how it was!
More infos: HERE
“Victory gardens, also called war gardens or food gardens for defense, were vegetable, fruit and herb gardens planted at private residences and public parks in United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Germany during World War I and World War II to reduce the pressure on the public food supply brought on by the war effort. In addition to indirectly aiding the war effort these gardens were also considered a civil “morale booster”
Seed balls, simply put, are a method for distributing seeds by encasing them in a mixture of clay and compost. This protects the seeds by preventing them from drying out in the sun, getting eaten by birds, or from blowing away.
Seed balls are scattered directly on the ground, not planted. Self-sufficiency and sustainability website Path To Freedom says seed balls are useful for seeding dry, thin and compacted soils and for reclaiming derelict ground (which is why they are often used in guerilla gardening). Seed balls are particularly useful in dry and arid areas where rainfall is highly unpredictable.