guerillagardening

Put on the first coat of flax seed oil on the new beehives for our “adopt a bee” project. This is how it works: neighbors buy the hive boxes and put them in their garden. I catch the bee swarms and offer them their new homes, hen I tend to the bees and harvest the honey. Then we share the sweet stuff and everybody is happy.
#bees #beekeeping #warre #guerillagardening

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The next phase of my guerrilla gardening: tulips and the later narcissus.  This is the third year for these tulips and there are definitely fewer than there were last year.  Fortunately, I just planted about sixty red emperor fosteriana tulips which should provide the same brilliant red color with better longevity.  I plant tulips and other bulbs that have been used for display and are done flowering for the year and will not be used in the garden for the following year.  Most large-scale plantings of tulips are ripped out and if you don’t care about having perfect swathes of lines of tulips, you can replant them randomly to enjoy the next spring.  Keep an eye out for these large-scale plantings and sometimes you can get the bulbs before they’re thrown out.

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My fairly primitive attempts at guerilla gardening are starting to bloom.  I’ve been planting leftover bulbs for the past couple of years now including hyacinths, narcissus and tulips (the tulips should be up in the next couple of weeks).  They are mostly planted in a median strip between the Henry Hudson Parkway and its service road that just happens to be in front of the bus stop where me and my gardening friends wait for the bus to go home.

The challenge of planting in this location is that it is mowed by the city a couple of times a year and not, so far as I can tell, on scheduled dates.  I’ve responded to this challenge by planting bulbs that come up in the spring before the grass really gets started.  

These bulbs were planted in the spring after they flowered which is not the best time to plant them, so I’m always surprised when they come up the following year.

This year I planted a bunch of chionodoxa along this median strip in a sort of river.  I’ll continue to plant more patches of them over the next week or so hoping that next year they’ll come up and make gorgeous skeins of blue in early springtime.