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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Trans-plant 20

Givers - Bruisemouse and Family
These pea seeds were left at the Grove Library, Peppermint Grove, Western Australia.

Trans-plant 19

Givers - Bruismouse and family
These pea seeds were dropped at the Mt Claremont Farmers Market, Western Australia on Saturday 21 May.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Trans-plant 18

Givers - Bruisemouse and Roxy464646
Three seed packets were left at the Carine Glades Shopping Centre in Duncraig, Western Australia.

Trans-plant 17

Sowers - Bruisemouse and Roxy464646.
This pack of rocket seedlings was left in Newham Park in Kingsley, Western Australia.

Trans-plant 16

Sowers - Bruisemouse and Roxy464646
This pea seedling was left near the entrance to Shepherds Bush Reserve in Kingsley, Western Australia.

Trans-plant 15

Sowers - Bruisemouse and Roxy464646
This pea seedling was left at a bus stop on Timberlane Drive in Woodvale, Western Australia.

Trans-plant 14

Sowers - Bruisemouse and Roxy464646
This pea seedling was left at Chichester Park, Woodvale, Western Australia.

Trans-plant 13

Sowers and Growers - Bruisemouse and Roxy464646
This pea seedling and packet of pea seeds were left at Orient Circuit, Hillarys, Western Australia.

Trans-plant 12

Sowers- Bruisemouse and Roxy 464646
These pea seedlings were left at Hillarys Community Kindergarten near Flinders Park, Hillarys, Western Australia.

Trans-plant 11

Sowers - Bruisemouse and Roxy464646
This rainbow chard seedling was left at Pinnaroo Point Beach park, Western Australia.

Trans-plant 10

Sowers and Givers - Bruisemouse and Roxy464646
Rocket seedling and pea seeds left at Hillarys Beach Park, Western Australia

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.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Trans-Plant 8

Sowers and Givers - Bruisemouse and Family
2 rocket seedling and 1 pea seedling were left at the Mosman Park Eco Fair, Mosman Park, Western Australia. We also left 3 packets of pea seeds.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Trans-plant 7

Sowers - Bruisemouse and J
Rainbow chard seedling left at the Mount Flora Regional Museum, North Beach, Western Australia.

Trans-plant 6

Sowers - Bruisemouse and J
2 rocket seedlings were left at the Flora Terrace playground, North Beach, Western Australia.

Trans-plant 5

Sowers - Bruisemouse and J
Rocket seedling left at a bus stop on Flora Terrace, North Beach, Western Australia.

Trans-plant 4

Sowers - Bruisemouse and J
Rocket and rainbow chard seedlings left The Deli, Flora Terrace, North Beach, Western Australia.

Trans-plant 3

Sowers - Bruisemouse and J
2 rainbow chard and one pea seedling left a the Waterman's Beach playground, Western Australia

Trans-plant 2

Sowers - Bruisemouse and J
Rocket seedling left at the Duncraig Community Hall, Western Australia.

Trans-plant 1

Sowers - Bruisemouse and J
Rocket seedling left at the Duncraig Library. Western Australia.

In the beginning

Welcome to the first post of the Sow. Give. Grow. project.

Over the last few years we have discovered the wonders of growing our own food, initially through seedling that had been gifted to us. Now we would like to share this experience with you. As sowers we will be leaving seedlings in random locations to be given a good home by anyone who feels inspired to care for these plants. These growers are encouraged to take the seedling and replant it into a bigger pot or their garden. Within weeks they should be able to start harvesting.

We would also love others to join us as sowers. When you are next planting out some seeds into pots, plant a few extra into biodegradable, recyclable or reusable pots.

Later today the first of these seedlings will be released out into the world and hopefully taken home to start a new life. Growers have the opportunity to come to Sow. Give. Grow. to find out more about the project and hopefully add a comment about the experience.

If you feel this is something you would like to be part of, follow the instructions on the Sowers page.

Make sure to come back later today to see the first trans-planting.