Well it’s been almost 2 years since we posted anything here but we have been busy gardening just not any “blogging”. After all we’re gardeners not bloggers. The last post was the before shots of this spot. So I thought I’d pick up where we left off with the after photos of this project. We planted this garden May 20th 2012 in the Skid Row area of downtown Los Angeles.

Above is the before and below the after photo.

Our main connection/gardener in the skid row area is Kathleen Mcnenny. She got in touch with SoCal GG about a few spots in her neighborhood. This was the third garden we planted together.  Check out her new website industrial district green

Check out this nice article about SoCal Guerrilla Gardening and our project in the skid row area of Los Angeles.

We’re putting in a new guerrilla garden in Los Angeles.

628 s San Julian, volunteer of America,

This Sunday, May 20th at 9am. It’s a little spot that should not take to much time.

SoCal GG will supply all the plants and there will plenty of tools.

So you’ll just need some gloves.

Parking looks VERY limited on this street.

But I think you can park on around the corner on 7th.

The spot for our new guerrilla gardening the skid row area of Los Angeles.

This is our second garden in that part of town.


Talking with Katherine about the layout of the plants.

Ralph saw us gardening and joined in. He is a professional and knows tons about plants and landscaping.

Katherine and General Jeff enjoying the finished garden.

The plants should fill in quickly and we’ll most likely be gleaning cuttings from this spot next year.

The before photo of the new guerrilla garden spot in the skid row area of downtown Los Angeles with the skyscrapers in the background. I got an email from Katherine McNenny asking if SoCal GG would like to be involved in this garden. Of course I said “YES!”.

General Jeff“The Mayor of Skid Row” looks pretty happy with the plant selection.

General Jeff planting a nice big Aloe nobilis

Interested in Guerrilla Gardening? You can join the SoCal Guerrilla Gardening group on facebook. It’s the easiest way to get info on upcoming projects. Here’s the link:

before (after the first plant’s in the ground)

It was a rainy morning after a very wet week but we went out in the rain to plant a few more succulents at the Carson st. Guerrilla Garden. The soil was pretty soaked but it made the digging very easy.


I wasn’t really into working in the mud but Matilda of  Biotopia Sustainable Landscaping was here from Sweden and was determined to get in some guerrilla gardening while she is in town. There were a couple plants I had to plant but she talked me , one plant at a time, into planting all the plants we brought.

We had a very light rain for the first half hour and then it stoped altogether making it easier to work in the mud without our rain gear on.

The garden looked great and even though there was just the two of us the work went pretty fast.

All photos Matilda of  Biotopia Sustainable Landscaping

Do you intend to create your very own herb yard but do not like the idea of effort? Smile, because I have simply the ideal remedy for you – a mini herb garden in the size that you like!

First of all you might uncover that preserving a typical dimension yard might not be effort as in hard labor that one would baulk at. Think of it much more like playing squash – hard work that you delight in. And that is the method allotments owners really feel. So having a garden might simply mean not needing to go to the gym. I believe that’s amazing since gardening gives the included benefit of a harvest of herbs eventually, aside from the physical exercise little bit.

But what if you can proportionately lower the amount of upkeep needed to a minimum? Would certainly you then embark on creating your very own garden of option now?

Well today I intend to present you to the mini herb garden, especially great for you to save a little bit of money, and in the run up to December, grow some fantastic herbs to make christmas dinner even more special in Leicester this year!

Getting into the herb gardening

But be fore-warned that the herbs you will certainly be collecting could simply lead you in to an adventure to discover the different foods from worldwide. At the very least, you could be drinking loosening up chamomile tea on some mildly damp evening in the yard with that someone unique, or to strip away all the anxiety from work. Some of the natural herbs from your mini natural herb garden could also make your life a lot more comfy by easing some condition that might be bugging you. As a previous insomniac, I know exactly what it indicates to be able to take a couple of drops of valerian tincture to help me turn in.

Now many individuals say that the only real mini natural herb garden still has to be the one in the ground outside your house but I believe that the following are mini natural herb yards that you could take into consideration increasing. Your last selection might depend upon:.

1. The amount of room you have readily available, indoors or outdoors.

2. Whether you intend to have the comfort of the plants being actually in your home (definition you do not need to go outside in the wind or rainfall to pick your herbs).

3. Whether you really physically delight in being in your very own aromatic garden where you can sit and smell the scents of your plants.

4. The problems of the real area you are considering – like the amount of sun it receives, the kind of dirt on the ground and if it will certainly obtain sufficient water naturally.

5. Whether you prefer to have the ability to control your yard environment to make sure that you have crops to pick the majority of year round.

And more.

The kind of mini herb yard you finally choose will also depend upon the amount of time you want to joyfully spend in it. So you may as an example decide on an herb garden set because maintaining it will need the least quantity of effort.

To my mind a mini herb garden can be any kind of one of the following:.

1. What some people would certainly say is the true mini natural herb yard in a four by six foot story of ground, whether it is in your backyard or on the roof!

2. A one-pot mini herb yard. This is a specially made ceramic pot that has “holes” found all around it from top to bottom in to which you would place your young herb plants as you load the pot up with your expanding media of a suitable soil mix.

3. A growing yard consisted of in a natural herb yard kit.

4. A mini natural herb yard could also be that container of herbs that sits on your windowsill or in individual pots organized on a tipped bench beside it. I have seen attractive metal structures that have pot holders that branch off from the primary central “post”. These plans can be set next to the windowsill such a long time as it does not impair traffic flow.

5. A plan composed of natural herbs had in personal pots in some location in your home, often the cooking area, could also be taken to be an indoors mini natural herb yard.

6. It could also be a setup of a variety of smaller sized herb plants in a huge dish just like a blossom or plant arrangement that is displayed for ornamental objectives. Like in a blossom plan, the bowl or container utilized is totally up to your creativity.

7. It could additionally be that outside location on your outdoor patio where you have placed numerous potted natural herb plants.

The real herbs that you decide to increase will depend significantly on the kind of garden you have actually chosen to build.

Summary of the herb garden

Why not take your time and delight in every process of creating your very own mini herb garden, from the preparation and designing stage down to when you experiment with your plants in your kitchen area. Do not hurry since every phase of this brand-new hobby can be a terrific experience by itself, you could also start a herb garden at your local public garden to hlep your community! We think everyone in Leicestershire should contribute!

We invited a small group to come out to the Loynes guerrilla garden in Long Beach to do a major replanting. The garden has been under a bit of stress the past few years because of over watering during the rainy season. But the city has turned over control of the sprinklers to SoCal Guerrilla Gardening so it was a good time to start to fill in the bare areas.

One of the new additions to the garden is this variegated Agave vilmoriniana. I can’t wait for this beautiful plant to go to flower so we can harvest the bulbils. 

Nello with some of the 30+ Aloe nobilis planted Sunday 4-30-10.  They were just a few of the well over 100 plants brought to fill in the garden.

Some of the many Agave attenuata in the garden that have been there for years.

This is the far west end of the garden that has been pretty barren for a few years but we really filled it in with a few dozen plants.

Another large plant we planted is this beautiful Aloe  (name unknown).

This huge Agave perryi is another of the very large plants we planted as well as the smaller plants like the Aloe nobilis Sabrina is planting next to it.

We also planted a few dozen aeoniums that should fill in this area in a year or so.  In a couple years we will be able to glean a ton of cuttings to root up and fill in the rest of the garden.

Jennifer next to the Euphorbia ingens we added to the garden

The largest plant in the garden is this Agave americana. It’s putting out one of the biggest blooms I ever seen on an Agave.  Unfortunately A. americana don’t produce bulbils.

Thanks to everyone that came out to replant the garden!

Thanks to Jennifer Stroup for all above photos.