Technically, it is trespassing and a breach of the owner's private property rights. The only defense the guerrilla gardener has is that our activities are adding value to the property (which few owners object to) and we try to be as deft and light-footed as a flying bird.
I checked out one of the places where I had planted raspberry bushes last year. My hopes were very low.
I moved the plants later in the season than was optimal. They had 8-to-10 inches of new growth on them. We had a dry spell shortly after I moved them. Then they were buried with weeds after the rain resumed.
I was pleasantly surprised to find half of the plant survived.
|I tagged the plants that were alive with a piece of natural binding twine. It is neutral enough that it does not shout out "Here I am!" Shovel in ground for size reference.|
|A close up of the base of the plant showing root suckers. This plant is happy enough that it is spreading. That bodes well for the future.|
I may never pick a single raspberry from this planting. And that is OK. It is not my property. I have no rights to them.
Somebody may come along and spray the plants with herbicide. That is OK. It is not my property.
I like to think that somebody will be pleasantly surprised to find this stand of AWESOME "wild" raspberries at some point in the future. And it is OK if that does not happen. The birds will enjoy these berries even if no human ever does.
|Filling in the holes.|