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I thought on it, and I'm going to open up a 1 foot wide strip out by the street at this rental, and plant it with yellow squash, zucchini, bush beans and the like, and put a sign on it "Yes, you may" And let people pick what they want. I think it might have a good positive impact on this street. It's a small street, maybe 15 houses, dead end, and most of the neighbors are known to each other to one extent or the other, at least familiar faces as they drive by.

Seems to me this is something I have skills to do that might help others, and might open the street up to more positive results in a bad time. It's been raining, the soil is soggy as hell, easy to break up, and it's a good time to plant in a week or two.  I don't have any tomatoes sprouted, or I'd do them too, have seeds but bad sprouting conditions. Wish I had plants I could put there. Rowdy cherry tomatoes would be great. Wonder if I could put a sprouting setup in the neighbor's garage, she doesn't use her garage much. Hmm.....

Is this an idea you can do too? Doesn't have to be elegant, just something easy to do.

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I think it's a great idea.  I think I would add to the sign and say something like "Please take only what you will eat today.  Leave some for others to enjoy as well."
 
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What a great idea! Is it OK if I share this with my local sustainable living meetup here in central Ohio?

 
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Catherine Carney wrote:What a great idea! Is it OK if I share this with my local sustainable living meetup here in central Ohio?


OH YES!!! Spread it far and wide! The more people growing food the better off ALL of us are!! And if they don't have good space to do it, does someone else who will let them? The rental here happens to have a good bare sunny area right along the street. If it didn't, I'd be knocking on the neighbor's doors "Hi, you have a lovely sunny front yard...."

I don't do Facebook, anyone who does, throw it there too. Pass this on!!!
 
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Thank you! I will pass along through the organizations I'm affiliated with around here.

I wonder if a silver lining from this pandemic is that it may jumpstart interested in local production/sustainable living and actually get communities to actively support it (via changing zoning laws, for instance, to allow gardens in front yards and poultry on urban/suburban properties). I hope that will be the case, but not holding my breath....
 
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Catherine Carney wrote:Thank you! I will pass along through the organizations I'm affiliated with around here.

I wonder if a silver lining from this pandemic is that it may jumpstart interested in local production/sustainable living and actually get communities to actively support it (via changing zoning laws, for instance, to allow gardens in front yards and poultry on urban/suburban properties). I hope that will be the case, but not holding my breath....


I hope so too. I have wished I was in a position to do things like plant fruit trees everywhere etc. We need more food growing. I CRINGE when I hear people say things like "Oh I pulled out that cherry tree, it made a mess!"
 
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I know what you mean. I hate seeing people taking down trees just because they're "inconvenient." When we look at the amount of time it takes for a tree to grow, the benefits it provides to not just us but the environment (habitat, soil improvement, erosion control, etc), it becomes mind boggling to me to remove more than we have to for our specific needs.

I've been "guerrilla planting" trees for a while now--casually dropping seeds of edibles like peaches, pawpaws, etc here and there along the edges of fields and hedgerows as I hike, including at some of our local parks. With luck some of them will grow and produce reasonable food for people and critters....Now if we can just get community planners (aka politicians) to support improving vacant lots via community gardens instead of high rises....
 
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Hi Pearl,

We need more of this.  This is a little different, but not far off concept wise, .....anyway a few years ago I walked into a clothing store that was located in the wrong neighborhood of the city.  I was struck by the most amazing sign, "Please do not shop lift.  If you are in need of clothing, please contact the manager".

I hunted down the manager as asked a few questions. Yes, shoplifting had been virtually eliminated.  In the past year only 2 people approached him. Both were modest with their needs. And, the store met those needs.  The most amazing thing was the the manager has received word that the local street gang had sent out the message that no one was to shoplift in that store and the employees and their vehicles were protected. KARMA.
 
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I love this idea.  I of live in the middle of orchards, and the road in front of the house is 45 mph, so it wont work for me.  I did start seeds, a bit late, but there started.  I started a lot more seed then I needed.  I thought it's as easy to start a hand full of seeds, as it is one.  When they get big enough I will share with friends and family.  I didn't realize what was to come when I did it, but I would say it will be good timing.  Maybe instead of April fools, I will pretend it's May day, and leave veggie plants on peoples door steps.  
 
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I'm trying to spread this idea, I have a thread in the Cider Press about what I'm doing, anyone can read it, you can't reply unless you have at least 8 apples. Please read it, pass it on to anyone you can. I need Victory Gardens politician help
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Great idea Pearl. Every situation is different but I think a table of veggie starts & maybe even some extra seeds set down by the roadside would all find good homes around here. Or later in the season a table of free vegetables if we are fortunate enough to have a good harvest. This thread reminded me of the time I planted onions & garlic in a neighborhood entrance sign/flower garden structure. It was basically a raised bed. The grounds maintenance crew never noticed or didn't care. They might still be going!
 
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Guerrilla garden planting at its finest, Mike.

While I grow a number of purely ornamental things (I would argue that we need beauty to feed our souls), prohibitions on "functional" or edible landscaping (you know, places where you can't grow a vegetable garden in front of your house, or have to maintain a manicured lawn) are, IMO, beyond idiotic. And a whole host of other words I can't use on this forum. Ditto for the prohibition on 6 or fewer hens or outright prohibitions on other poultry (ducks, quail) that prevent families from raising their own eggs. I find most small flocks of poultry less annoying than the neighbor's yappy dog.
 
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I love that, Pearl!

We don't have sidewalks here, so no strip gardening for me. As to putting something out closer to the road with a "help yourselves" or "Yes, you may" sign, I'd have to check with the village and see if it's allowed.
 
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No sidewalk here either. Most of the neighbor houses have a ditch along the road, someone put a pipe in the ditch here, and sort of leveled to the road. Sort of. So it's easy to walk into this yard from the street. The strip I mentioned would be a single long bed, single row wide for ease of picking.

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Ah, I see. I know someone in town who gardens in the strip between the sidewalk and the street and my brain automatically went to that.

 
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Molly Kay: How about if I said Stripe Gardening? One stripe of garden :D
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A city neighbor once thinned her Iris and put the extras out with a sign that said "Free Iris". The next day someone had left a second sign that said,"Who is Iris and why must we free her?"
 
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