Monday, October 19, 2015

A few pictures

I am getting my ducks in a row for my Fall 2015 guerrilla gardening projects.

I collected acorns from Northern Red Oaks at Bennett Park in Charlotte.  They have a stand that are 40 feet to the first major branch and have trunk diameters of 30"-to-36".  They are beautiful, majestic trees.  I found two trees that had a good acorn crop this year.

I need to find a better way to store my acorns.  This chipmunk found them in less than twenty minutes.  He must have smelled them through the plastic bag.

This is a Swamp White Oak (Q. bicolor).  Obviously, it is tolerant of wet feet.  I was not able to find any acorns. 

Image from HERE
I am looking into buying acorns of Overcup Oak (Q. lyrata) as it is even more tolerant of flooding than the SWO.  Ripley County Farms in Missouri has outstanding prices on oak seedlings.  The problem with seedlings is that I would have to trespass to plant them.

Guerrilla gardening is a low percentage game mostly because I cannot really care for what is planted.  This picture is of some raspberries that are not growing on my property.  Sometimes things work out.

The ERJ tobacco crop. This is not part of the guerrilla gardening project but I wanted to put the pictures out there.   I don't use the stuff but it is the closest legal thing to growing money.
Here are the flowers.  Hummingbirds and moths adore these plants.

Perennial sunflowers and nitrogen fixers

I purchased seeds for Maximilian Sunflower and Canadian Milk Vetch from Prairie Moon Nursery.

Image from HERE
Maximilian Sunflower is a big, gaudy perennial sunflower that produces large quantities (up to 300 pounds per acre) of sunflower seeds.  It spreads by rhizomes (roots).

Canadian Milk Vetch is less gaudy than the sunflower because the colors are more muted.  It also produces large numbers of seeds and unlike many species of Milk Vetch (aka, locoweed) it is not toxic to browsing animals.

The seeds of both the Maximilian Sunflower and the Canadian Milk Vetch will be mixed with kitty litter to make flingable, clay balls.

Part of the Guerrilla gardening ethic is to make the place prettier than it was.  I think these two species will do the job.


  1. Well done to you sir. Anyone that voluntarily improves the conditions without need or want of credit is deserving of an atta boy! :-)

  2. Well done to you sir. Anyone that voluntarily improves the conditions without need or want of credit is deserving of an atta boy! :-)

  3. I'll have to check... I have SWO trees, from Don Cobb's low-tannin selections at the Cornell U. Fall Creek planting... might have acorns available.
    The Q.x humidicola (Q.lyrataXbicolor) has perhaps the largest acorn crop it's ever produced... would be glad to contribute some of those to your undercover operation.

    1. Yes. I want some. Is there any way that some of the other 'Plant guys" who are readers can contact you? I know Lucas Machias and Milton F might be interested.

  4. ERJ,
    I have been following you for awhile now from the Muskegon area. I am a maint. worker in a trailer park, er, mobile home community. I also live in a different park. In both places, we have a huge amount of acorns this year, over what we have had in the past few years. I have not gotten out much into the woods yet, but it seems likely to be the case over the entire western side of the state.
    I am excited to report that my son and his California raised wife have bought a home on 20 acres near Howard City, about 2 miles from 131. It is a huge log home, with a knotty pine interior, wood boiler heat with geo-thermal backup. I spoke with him tonight and he said that they did a walk through with the inspector this weekend, and the owners were there. I know, he said that was unexpected, but they are an older couple, and were actually helpful with the heating system. The good news is that the move in date will be Nov.8, instead of the 20.
    He and I were planning to hunt together somewhere else, but now we are going to hunt on his new land. The owner also said he has been seeing a 12 point buck moving around the area. I have never seen a deer that big in the wild here in MI. I am not a trophy hunter, I just like to get out into the woods, but I really hope my son gets a shot at the big fellow.
    Also, could you give me a little more background on the tobacco you grew? My other son lived in KY, and when I visited him, I saw old tobacco barns, and my interest was peaked. Just wondered about how you were able to grow in MI with the short growing season.
    Ditto on the well done for improving the area in which you live without seeking credit. I can't add anymore than a well deserved pat on the back.

    1. Regarding tobacco, your wish is my command. Essay written.


    That is good info.

    some more.

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    1. Silver Maple (Acer saccharinum). The stuff survives standing water for incredible lengths of time.