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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the straw badge in Foraging.

For this BB you will guerilla plant 500 woody perennial food seeds or cuttings (not seed bombs)!

Guerrilla Gardening with Rob Avis:


To complete this BB, the minimum requirement is:
      o Guerilla plant 500 woody perennial food seeds or cuttings (not seed bombs)
      o at least twelve different species
      o at least 10 seeds or cuttings of each species
      o not planted on your land
      o possible species might include:
          o apple
          o pear
          o apricot
          o cherry
          o grape
          o mulberry
          o nettle

To document your completion of the BB, provide proof of the following as pictures or video (< 2mins):
 - At least 12 different species of woody perennial food seeds/cuttings
 - At least 500 seeds/cuttings in total
 - Action shot of planting/sticking at least one seed/cutting of each species
 - Before and after shots of each area where you planted/stuck the seeds/cuttings of each species
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I think I knocked this one out the other day.  The requirements confuse me a little bit.  It say "woody perennial" plants but nettle is a suggested variety.  So I took this to mean perennials that are a bit more beefy than a dandelion or sheep sorrel.

It also says to take a pic of planting one of each.  Many of these were broadcast planted so I couldn't really take a picture of chucking them out there.  Hopefully the before, after and seed pictures will be enough evidence that I actually did this.  I did take photos of planting the pears and apples since I figured they'd walk away on four hooves if I didn't put them underground.  On a related note, I broadcast the acorns since if a squirrel find them, they'll plant them for me.  If they don't, they'll still sprout at ground level (based on my experience).

To get all the pictures in one post I did some magic.  But there aren't good labels so generally I show the before of the location, then the seed, then the after of the location.  In the fourth spot I did a lot of seeds so the before and after shots are first.  

It says to do 12 but I did 14 to hedge my bets.

I planted the following
First spot:
Burdock - biennial


Second spot:
Stinging nettle - suggested above


Third spot:
Aronia - woody perennial


Fourth spot:

Asparagus
Lupine

False Blue Indigo
Yellow Hyssop

Highbush Cranberry
Winterberry

Milkweed

Mullien - self seeding biennial

Red oak


Fifth spot:

Apple

Pear
 
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Can someone explain to a newbie what guerilla planting is?  From the video, this would not seem to be legal (maybe the laws are different in Canada?).  Am I misunderstanding this?
 
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Guerilla planting, as I understand it, is planting stuff on land you don't own.  It may or may not be legal in your area so follow the laws in your area.  In my case above, I planted in the roadside right-of-way and I was planting species that most people around here would find useful or at least inoffensive.  Except the nettles so I put them in a rarely traveled spot.
 
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kk.  That makes a lot better sense.  An easement, a lot that's been vacant for a decade, etc.  Was surprised to see the video of planting in a public park.  If I planted a tree in a public park here, that would net me a hefty fine PLUS I'd have to pay for union labor to have five guys come and sloooooowly rip it out and replant grass ;-).
 
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Respectfully, I have deep ethical concerns about planting stinging nettle on land you do not own. Can we come up with something less problematic?

Unlike the other species suggested, stinging nettle spreads almost exponentially in some locations, lacking natural controls, and the seeds persist for years. In large patches, it effectively denies access. Once it's there, it's effectively there forever.

If someone wishes to plant it on their own land, and keep it from becoming invasive, that is their business. But on public land, or someone else's land? Personally, I feel that crosses the line into "not nice."

My 2 cents.
 
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