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areas where access is restricted. A seed bomb is essentially a clay seed ball containing a mixture of clay soil, compost, seeds and water and is thrown on to a patch of inaccessible land. Ready-made varieties are available from Kabloom which sells pre-packaged seed ‘hand grenades’ or ‘friendly bombs exploding with flower power’. Of course seed bombs don’t literally explode but slowly biodegrade leaving only flowers behind.


You could also check out the Pimp your Pavement campaign which is encouraging people to transform the more neglected areas of their neighbourhood (for example tree pits along the pavement) with plants such as sunflowers.


While some people may be put off by the latent activism inherent in guerrilla gardening (or indeed its illegality) just as many will be attracted by its image of action and even protest, as a way of making a statement to the local authorities


and taking control of one’s own environment. Even Kabloom’s witty call to arms is phrased as a ‘war on terra’ and its products aimed at “responsible rebels in the war against weary wastelands”.


“Guerrilla gardening is for gardeners who just can’t help themselves,” says Reynolds, “but it’s a long term experiment, you have to wait to see the fruits of your labour. Ultimately it’s about how you feel about how the space is used. Do it if you love gardening and see the potential somewhere. The biggest reward is the garden you’ve created yourself for others to enjoy.”


Kathryn Sharman is a freelance journalist and copywriter, for more information about her visit her website.


Images courtesy of Kabloom


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