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firefaery29
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« on: May 23, 2008, 07:58:14 PM »

Anyone up to stuff in the Austin area?
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« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2008, 05:30:24 PM »

I'd like to do something!  Any ideas?
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« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2008, 07:43:59 PM »

We're moving down there next month, so sometime in July we'd be up for something, definitely.
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« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2008, 08:05:41 PM »

Where are you moving from?   What part of Austin are you moving to?
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« Reply #4 on: July 01, 2008, 10:37:02 PM »

It's hot as hell in ATX right now.  No reason we can't get together and plan for fall. Anyone out there on the Eastside like me?  There's lots of land here that could use some help.
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« Reply #5 on: July 17, 2008, 03:38:47 AM »

There will be an informational on GG in Bryan, TX this Saturday, July 19.

http://barcamp.org/GardenCampBryan
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« Reply #6 on: July 25, 2008, 05:28:55 PM »

Hello, we're a gardening group that's planning guerrilla gardens in Austin for fall planting. The Garden Posse's previous project was a beautiful vegetable garden on the Eastside, but we decided to focus on smaller garden projects. Please get in touch if you're interested in guerrilla gardening with us!  Grin

http://gardenposse.blogspot.com/
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« Reply #7 on: August 20, 2008, 07:08:48 PM »

I've starting hitting some places on S. Lamar. But could use some help. Let me know.
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« Reply #8 on: August 24, 2008, 06:47:18 PM »

We're working around 500 E. Powell (just north of 183 and east of IH35). It's a continuation to the north and east of Let's Make A Park, http://www.youtube.com/user/NCGANA .

We're a self-directed work group. No need to come to the meeting first, no need to work at a specific time. Come at a time that works for you, and do the things you see need to be done. Be fair, be gentle, be friendly and kind (especially to the neighbors). Bus access is route 10, Georgian and Wonsley stop. Auto parking is best on E. Lola.

We've been in clean-up mode for most of the summer, so there's just a little bit of planted garden now.  But now it's time to get those fall vegetables in! Some stuff folks are working on:

- cleanup. There's still more litter to be picked up. If you can, haul away what you gather, if not, bag it and someone else will get it.

- fall planting. There's a little space in existing beds, or make a new one in the same area.

- planning. Compost bins? Rainwater capture or standalone drip irrigation? Roadside planting to minimize litter (while maintaining public safety)?  ??  Grin ??

- habitat restoration/improvement. Removing ligustrum, nurturing persimmon/oak/blackberry/loquat/holly. Wildflower seeding.


Feel free to give me a holler if you need more info, or just drop by and get your hands dirty (and your face sweaty).
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« Reply #9 on: September 06, 2008, 07:59:07 PM »

Hi everyone,

I'm a long-time gardener but am new to the guerilla movement. I love the concept and hope to convert some of my friends to the fold. Now that the worst of summer is over (we hope and pray), and there's a hint of fall in the air, I'm looking for a small project to clean/green up. Ideally, something up around my neighborhood in Milwood off of Duval but will try to help out anywhere in town as I can.  Please keep me posted on plans, events, etc. We just can't have to many green and growing landscapes in this town!  Grin

Kathy
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« Reply #10 on: September 11, 2008, 05:00:35 PM »

If you'd like to get involved with guerrilla gardening in the Austin area, the Garden Posse is establishing gardens all over the city.

Check out our progress on our blog: gardenposse.blogspot.com

And you can contact us at gardenposse@gmail.com

Come dig with us! We know you will love it.   
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« Reply #11 on: December 01, 2008, 03:45:55 AM »

An update on our work around 500 E. Powell (just north of 183 and east of IH35). It's a continuation to the north and east of Let's Make A Park, http://www.youtube.com/user/NCGANA .

We're a self-directed work group. No need to come to the meeting first, no need to work at a specific time. Come at a time that works for you, and do the things you see need to be done. Be fair, be gentle, be friendly and kind (especially to the neighbors). Bus access is route 10, Georgian and Wonsley stop. Auto parking is best on E. Lola.

Fall accomplishments include:
- continued removal of ligustrum and greenbriar. removal of giant ragweek along Wonsley. (I know it's a native plant, but it's not as productive a wildlife feed as the common ragweed, plus it's, you know, giant.)
- tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, okra, watermelon
- pomegranate, loquat, avocado, acerola planted and prepared for winter
- wildflower and prairie grass seeding along Powell
- entry planting at southwest corner featuring western white honeysuckle (ie the non-invasive kind) and lantana.
- stablization planting behind Whisper Wood apartments

Things folks are working on:
- cleanup. There's still more litter to be picked up. If you can, haul away what you gather, if not, bag it and someone else will get it.

- raised bed building. Use any of the trimmed trunks and limbs, or feel free to limb up any of the downed ligustrum.

- planning. Compost bins? Rainwater capture or standalone drip irrigation? Roadside planting to minimize litter (while maintaining public safety)? Water source for birds and butterflies?  ??  Grin ??

- plant nursery. Collect native seeds and cuttings, and prepare them for spring planting. Turks cap, inland sea oats, milkweed, texas mountain laurel, prairie willow, red oak, etc.


Feel free to give me a holler if you need more info, or just drop by and get your hands dirty.
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« Reply #12 on: February 22, 2009, 11:51:57 PM »

An update on our work around 500 E. Powell (just north of 183 and east of IH35). It's a continuation to the north and east of Let's Make A Park, http://www.youtube.com/user/NCGANA .

We're a self-directed work group. No need to come to the meeting first, no need to work at a specific time. Come at a time that works for you, and do the things you see need to be done. Be fair, be gentle, be friendly and kind (especially to the neighbors). Bus access is route 10, Georgian and Wonsley stop. Auto parking is best on E. Lola.

Winter is a bit of a slow gardening time anyways, and with our continued severe drought, not a lot was happening. Accomplishments include:
- aerate and mulch the oak and remaining soapberry trees along the Whisper Wood fence. removal of mistletoe leaves and stems. transplant red oak seedlings to replace dead and dying trees.
- clean and mulch along Wonsley
- continued removal of ligustrum and greenbriar.
- onions, radishes, spinach.
- 2 more vegetable beds built, and 2 existing ones improved
- collection of seeds and cuttings (pequin, turk's cap, milkweed, lantana, pomegranate, wafer ash, yucca, vaguey). vegetable starts (tomato, pepper)
- tag native plants for neighboring landowners (Mrs. Foster and 402 E Powell)

It's almost spring! Already, we have:
- new neighbors. One of the houses that was abandoned when this area was at its worst is being prepared for occupancy.
- pomegranate, lantana, and honeysuckle leaves

Things folks are working on:
- planting! There's open bed space right now, or materials and compost for a couple more raised beds. Use any of the trimmed trunks and limbs, or feel free to limb up any of the downed ligustrum.
- regular litter collection. 
- planning. Compost bins? Rainwater capture or standalone drip irrigation? Roadside planting to minimize litter (while maintaining public safety)? Water source for birds and butterflies?  ??  Grin ??
- plant nursery. Collect native and naturalized cuttings and prepare them for spring/summer planting.


Feel free to give me a holler if you need more info, or just drop by and get your hands dirty.
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« Reply #13 on: April 24, 2009, 08:03:54 PM »

We stay in the south side and plan to choose some sites in the William cannon area, possibly east of the highway. If anyone has any ideas please let us know. We also wanted to offer our help with any projects that are going on. If you need any extra troops please email and we will be happy to offer our assistance.
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« Reply #14 on: April 27, 2009, 08:26:09 PM »

International Sunflower Guerrilla Gardening Day in Austin!

May 1, 2009
9 pm

Join the Garden Posse and the international guerrilla gardening community in an effort to put a few more sunflowers into the world. We'll meet up at the Lamar Street Pedestrian bridge at 9 pm on our bikes or other planting-friendly transportation (scooters, good; walking shoes, good; cars, bad).

Bring trowels, flashlights, water, and a couple packets of sunflower seeds. The Garden Posse also has wildflower seed bombs and tomato plants for planting. We'll converge and then disperse to plant our seeds around Central Austin, taking pictures to send into guerrillagardening.org, which is coordinating efforts around the globe.

We'll meet up later at a downtown bar to regale ourselves with stories of our adventures. If you haven't experienced the cheap, green thrills of guerrilla gardening yet, tonight is the night to do it! The feeling of earthy satisfaction is far better than drinking your early evening away.

Details of the night are still being finalized. Feel free to throw any suggestions the Garden Posse's way at gardenposse@gmail.com.

And in the meantime, keep your eyes peeled for areas that could use sunflowers! Suggestions include:

1. Undeveloped lots
2. Empty flower boxes
3. Areas that might be within the range of sprinkler systems and could use some brightness.

The sunflowers we plant in May will bloom in August.
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« Reply #15 on: May 12, 2009, 06:28:26 AM »

Any body up for some SOCO replanting?
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« Reply #16 on: May 13, 2009, 03:29:03 PM »

Any body up for some SOCO replanting?

You bet.......just give me the time and place plus I have several
other volunteers eager to do this!!!
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« Reply #17 on: June 23, 2009, 05:01:08 PM »

International Sunflower Guerrilla Gardening Day in Austin!

We jumped the gun a little, planting on April 26. Lol northern Europe, still waiting on their sunflowers to emerge in August. Our first blooms were late May, with seed already produced in those flowers.

Most of our distribution actually came from feathered visitors to our guerilla bird feeders. Lots of the neighbors have been surprised by the appearance of great sunny flowers in their yards. Pleasantly surprised, as far as we know, but it did make us stop to consider how we're impacting the private areas around our public site. We've been carefully about planting things like native clump grasses, no matter how attractive and self-sufficient, because they obviously seed into nearby lawns. But we weren't expecting the birds to drop quite so much of their dinners.


Our other engagement success, this one more intentional, has been with watermelon plantings. They need a LOT more room than sunflowers, of course, but where they're appropriate, we've seen a lot more instances of people "adopting" (watering) the plants. No fruit yet, but some of the earlier planted ones have bllooms.

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We're working around 500 E. Powell (just north of 183 and east of IH35). It's a continuation to the north and east of Let's Make A Park, http://www.youtube.com/user/NCGANA .

We're a self-directed work group. No need to come to the meeting first, no need to work at a specific time. Come at a time that works for you, and do the things you see need to be done. Be fair, be gentle, be friendly and kind (especially to the neighbors). Bus access is route 10, Georgian and Wonsley stop. Auto parking is best on E. Lola.
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« Reply #18 on: June 23, 2009, 08:57:15 PM »

I forgot to mention, The Great Sunflower Project, http://www.greatsunflower.org/

For 2010, free seeds, IF you join them in some guerilla science to get data on bee populations in urban environments.
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« Reply #19 on: August 04, 2009, 05:07:28 PM »

An update on our work around 500 E. Powell (just north of 183 and east of IH35). It's a continuation to the north and east of Let's Make A Park, http://www.youtube.com/user/NCGANA .

We're a self-directed work group. No need to come to the meeting first, no need to work at a specific time. Come at a time that works for you, and do the things you see need to be done. Be fair, be gentle, be friendly and kind (especially to the neighbors). Bus access is route 10, Georgian and Wonsley stop. Auto parking is best on E. Lola. Feel free to give me a holler if you need more info, or just drop by and get your hands dirty.


The major event this quarter was mowing by the City of Austin (the owner of most of the property where we are working). We had thought they were going to cut down the six-foot johnson grass on the right-of-way. They actually didn't stop until they had done about an acre and a half, when they started running up again the vegetable garden log raised beds. So we lost all the two-year-old hardwoods (planted in consultation with the City staff) and at least some of the summer wildflowers.

The good news is that, as we enter our third year of exceptional drought, the impact on summer growth was pretty small. We did take advantage of the easy access to continue mulching the desirable prairie plants, and digging out the smaller invasives.

It's actually time to start thinking about fall vegetable gardening. There's one open bed now, as well as materials for at least one more. Join us!

Other tasks include:
- collection of seeds for direct sow and for nursery propagation over the winter (pomegranate, persimmon, redbud, wafer ash, texas laurel, etc.)
- tag native plants for neighboring landowners (Mrs. Foster and 402 E Powell)
- planting! There's open bed space right now, or materials and compost for a couple more raised beds. Use any of the trimmed trunks and limbs, or feel free to limb up any of the downed ligustrum.
- regular litter collection.
- planning. Compost bins? Rainwater capture or standalone drip irrigation? Roadside planting to minimize litter (while maintaining public safety)? Water source for birds and butterflies?  ??
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« Reply #20 on: September 19, 2009, 09:10:46 PM »

An update on our work around 500 E. Powell (just north of 183 and east of IH35). It's a continuation to the north and east of Let's Make A Park, http://www.youtube.com/user/NCGANA .

We're a self-directed work group. No need to come to the meeting first, no need to work at a specific time. Come at a time that works for you, and do the things you see need to be done. Be fair, be gentle, be friendly and kind (especially to the neighbors). Bus access is route 10, Georgian and Wonsley stop. Auto parking is best on E. Lola. Feel free to give me a holler if you need more info, or just drop by and get your hands dirty.


WOW! A HUGE tree in one of the neighbor's yards succumbed to the drought and just fell right over! Fortunately it fell our way, rather than smashing onto their house or cars. But it is pretty thoroughly blocking one of the long beds. The trunk and branches that need to be cut in order to move it are WAY beyond the capacity of our handtools. So until we recruit a chain saw, no fall planting along that side.

The City took another mow at the prairie area in restoration. Much less energetic this time, so there was little damage to the "specimen" plants like the green milkweed and the rosinweed, and native lantana, but they did knock the tops off all the rain lilies before they could set seed. Preparing to take steps...

In the vegetable area, all but one of the beds are prepared for fall planting, and there are materials to build at least one more. Join us!
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« Reply #21 on: November 27, 2009, 04:43:11 PM »

We're expanding our influence! Another of the adjacent property owners has joined the beautification effort, with a commitment to native plants. We're getting him started with lantana and red yucca.  Several folks along Lola and Powell are participating in the Neighborwoods program, planting native oaks and texas mountain laurel.

We also started working the bus stops along the east side Georgian. Capital Metro has an official adopt-a-stop program, http://www.capmetro.org/riding/adopt_a_stop.asp . What we've found, once again, is that if someone starts gardening and cleaning, other folks simply join in. We were able to distribute two blocks of wildflower seedballs, along with native lantana, prairie aster, and threeawn.

At the community garden, tomatoes are pretty much done. Fall radishes and onions are already coming in, with carrots, spinach, and garlic growing strong, and a new entry, english peas. The bluebonnets seeded in fall of 2008 have established themselves well, and we may actually have too much greenthread.

The City continues to be a very bad neighbor, addressing dumping on their property by moving the trash to adjacent private property.  Taking bigger steps...


For the winter, there are always infrastructure projects:
- continue removal of invasives (ligustrum, nandina, bamboo)
- build additional raised beds
- litter removal and monitoring of dumping
- transplant donated yucca and other "dangerous plants" for security
- mapping for guerilla science Great Austin Tree Roundup, http://www.treeroundup.org/
- build compost bins
- your choice... Let's Make a Park

Join us!
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« Reply #22 on: March 01, 2010, 04:44:41 PM »

The Garden Posse of Austin was recently featured on public television's Central Texas Gardener. You can watch it on YouTube:

http://www.bit.ly/c31gMw

Join us by emailing gardenposse@gmail.com, following GardenPosse on Twitter, or on our Facebook fan page, or just showing up at our digs!
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« Reply #23 on: March 13, 2010, 03:10:34 PM »

A cold and wet winter in Austin, Texas... Not so good for the veggies, who got their little tips nipped by frost, and just generally grew slow. Very very good for the native flowers, grasses, and trees. The first bluebonnet is already open, and it looks like a bumper crop by April.

There's still plenty of room for more vegetable beds. With normal rainfall predicted for the spring and summer, tomatoes, peppers and eggplant should be good producers.

We were asked to do the design for a butterfly garden and native landscape to be installed at Georgian Manor, http://www.hacanet.org/haca_communities/georgian_manor.php , at the end of March. We'll add a guerilla component by seeding sunflowers just outside the property on the three undeveloped/unmanaged sides.

International Sunflower Day will include distributing seed packets (o, con mas precision, paquetes de semillas)  to about 200 households/potential guerilla cells on W. Lola and in Congress Park.

There are always infrastructure projects:
- continue removal of invasives (ligustrum, nandina, bamboo, soapberry)
- build additional raised beds
- litter removal and monitoring of dumping
- mapping for guerilla science Great Austin Tree Roundup, http://www.treeroundup.org/
- build compost bins
- your choice... Let's Make a Park

Join us!
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« Reply #24 on: September 13, 2010, 08:37:21 PM »

We are very saddened by the murder of Franklin Espinales, at Whisper Woods apartments. Our deepest sympathy to his family and friends, and our continued commitment to create positive change in  our neighborhood.


The fall tomatoes are starting to go in, with plans for fall/winter vegetables such as garlic, onions, spinach and green peas. There are still a couple of available beds.

Littering and dumping are down to almost nothing.

There are always infrastructure projects:
- continue removal of invasives (ligustrum, nandina, bamboo, soapberry)
- build additional raised beds
- build compost bins
- your choice... Let's Make a Park

Join us!
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« Reply #25 on: October 26, 2010, 07:49:06 PM »

Brand new to Austin, fairly new to gardening and looking to learn & get involved.

Hello everyone!
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« Reply #26 on: December 02, 2010, 09:33:36 PM »

All the beds are planted, although there is more wood and room to build more. We've had just at 0.5" of rain since Hermione, with a very dry winter predicted, so it's not looking like much of a winter harvest, or much of a spring wildflower display.

There is still ligustrum to be removed, and a small amount of nandina. Watch the poison ivy if you're working on those projects. The oaks and other native trees are flourishing - great work everyone who pulled out the vines and invasives that were choking their growth.

We distributed wildflower seedballs along Georgian and Wonsley.


We've been invited to work on a couple of less informal projects - a proposal for a community orchard on the adjacent public land, and development of a park and community garden about a block away on church-owned land. More info on a work day schedule in January...


Let's make a park (or three)!
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« Reply #27 on: March 24, 2011, 05:06:12 AM »

Hey! Would anyone like to start a project for a student documentary?
San Antonio definitely has places that need work, this short documentary would cover that aspect and how much guerilla gardening helps improve the city!
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« Reply #28 on: August 27, 2012, 04:20:02 PM »

The E Lola site has gone legit https://www.facebook.com/LetsMakeAPark

Guerilla riparian restoration underway adjacent to Brownie Park. Next formal group workday after Labor Day, or jump in on your own any time.
https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Brownie-Playground/167370549989265
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« Reply #29 on: July 19, 2014, 01:01:58 AM »

Just moved to South Austin. Looking for some digs.

-PastryTr8t
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