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Sunday, May 8, 2011

The Thrill of the Trans-plant

Drop 9: Being looked after by two nice real estate gentlemen...
Who would have thought that trying to give a free plant to a stranger without getting caught could be so much fun?  Yesterday, Bruise and I went to do the first trans-plants and it was such a rush. If you want to regain your lost youth, this is the task to help you with it.  Each time we jumped out the car in a new location we were grinning and giggling like school girls.  We kept saying "I feel like we're doing something naughty!"  It was like being twelve, fabulous!  I was absolutely giddy by the time we finished, usually that takes two glasses of wine...

I can't wait to try this with my seven year old, what a buzz.  I have images of us riding our bikes with the baskets full of little newspaper-wrapped packages, sneakily delivering trans-plants all over our suburb.

I think the real challenge to this is leaving the plant somewhere busy enough that you know it will get collected but not getting caught in the process.  I have come up with lots of ideas for transplant sites but finding the time to do it anonymously is the key.

Some of the places I thought of trans-planting could take place;
  • Play-grounds and parks, 
  • Libraries, 
  • Bus stops, 
  • Waiting rooms, 
  • Hospital lifts, 
  • Park benches, 
  • Farmer's markets, 
  • Neighbourhood doorstops, 
  • Schools, 
  • Shopping centres (very tricky), 
  • Dog walking trails, 
  • Cafes, 
  • Beach paths, 
  • Memorial parks,
  • Beside sinks in public loos...

Where else?  Leave some ideas in the comments and we will compile a list.  The key is trying to find locations where people will be more likely to take the plants home.  I think children are naturally curious and optimistic about found items and a love of growing their own food from an early age would be such a bonus.  Think of 'The Secret Garden' and all the wonder the children had in planting and nurturing their own garden.  We (that's us and you reader) at SGG could be the 'seedling' that starts something similar, which is why I am keen to leave the trans-plants somewhere a pair of grubby little mits will find them.

I have 6 more seedlings in my garden getting ready to hatch and a whole bunch being babysat by Bruise away from the voracious appetites of my dogs.  I am itching to get back out there!  I keep thinking about the week I have planned ahead and places I am going that would be ideal drop zones.
Trans-plant 9 ready to go...

Trans-Plant 9:  Timberlane Drive, Woodvale, Bus Stop
See you out there.


Anonymous said...

Timberlane Drive, Woodvale, Bus Stop;

Thanks, I picked this one up this morning while walking with my daughter and grand-daughter, I brought it home where it has settled in quite nicely.
Pam, Ava & Odette

dixiebelle said...

Oh, a taker, a grower and you came to leave a comment! What a great project to be involved in...

Bruise Mouse said...

Pam, Ava and Odette
Thank you so much for dropping by to let us know about finding the trans-plant. We are very excited as this is the first seedling anyone has replied to.
I hope the little thing thrives for you and produces a wonderful crop.
Keep an eye out and you might come across some more. ; )

Dixiebelle, thanks for all of the compliments. : )

Ava said...

Hi there, thought this was such a nice idea I shared it on my blog. Mum and I are thinking about doing our own transplant heres the post;

Thanks Pam Ava and Odette