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FrictionShifter
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« on: July 05, 2008, 10:39:21 PM »

Hi. I am a new member, after having stumbled upon a Guerrilla Gardening site the other day. I found it while searching for native, drought-tolerant grasses and flowers to plant in my front yard here in El Sereno, LA. Actually to plant in my "frontage". But, I'm not sure that is the right term. I am referring to the strip of land between the sidewalk and street, and have seen it referred to as "frontage," "parkrow," "parkway," and "devil's strip." Any ideas what to call this thing?

While discovering this site and others, it dawned on me it might be necessary to make seedbombs to spread the grasses/wildflowers to other surrounding "frontage" plots. I live in El Sereno and there is a plethora of land waiting for a good bombing - frontages, vacant lots, parts of the median on Huntington. Of course, I want to wait until the weather cools - perhaps October or so - and begin a sustained seedbomb campaign, via bicycle, in the El Sereno area.

In planning this though, I've come across one bump. Where do I find a clay powder to mix with seeds and compost? This isn't something I've noticed at the nursery (San Gabriel Nursery  Grin). For instance, the clay mentioned here - http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/video/2008/apr/25/seedbombing

I really like the work people have done so far! And am excited to start making local contributions!
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Greenhaus
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« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2008, 07:28:56 AM »

I'm exploring this as well....let's keep each other posted on findings.....I believe you have the right idea starting the bombing closer to October.  It's way to dry to do it here now unless you have access to the areas to water.  So we have a lil time to perfect a plan of action!!! In the meantime, lots of projects in the works & you are welcome to join...check out the Sunset/Wilton forum.

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flamegarden
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« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2008, 09:14:50 AM »

Hey guys -- here's some info from Heavy Petal -- says they used red potter's clay:
http://www.heavypetal.ca/archives/2007/03/how_to_make_seedballs.html
it's also a great how-to

Glad to hear you're going to brighten up El Sereno.  I used to live in Alhambra...now I live about 2hrs. away (rural) but if you plan an event let me know, maybe I can drive in : )

Good luck!!!
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« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2008, 09:25:33 AM »

another seedbomb link -- much more specific method -- says no grey or white clay should be used:

http://www.pathtofreedom.com/resources/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=230&Itemid=66
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Greenhaus
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« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2008, 10:12:58 PM »

thanks so much...!!!
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« Reply #5 on: October 15, 2008, 09:02:47 PM »

Here are two resources we use for clay.  It took us awhile to find them, but both these companies are great...and LOCAL.

Here is a great local resource for clay:
http://www.echoceramics.com/

For large orders of clay:
http://www.lagunaclay.com/clays/

Hope that helps.

Roly Poly
www.laguerrillagardening.org
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monatives
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« Reply #6 on: December 25, 2008, 01:20:32 AM »

Hey guys!  Awesome about the native wildflowers and grasses!  Be careful not to use invasive non-native grasses by accident though!  They can be more trouble than good and will prevent your wildflowers from coming up  Embarrassed

Here's a great place near LA to get native plants and seeds:

Tree of Life Nursery- www.californianativeplants.com

This is interesting also:

California Invasive Plant Council - www.cal-ipc.org

Good luck in your efforts!!! Grin
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