Many of the respondents lived in cities or heavily populated areas and believed that they currently lack adequate space to develop a garden. Not having enough space to garden also discourages people from seeking alternative gardening methods. Garden bans such as those in Orlando, Tulsa, Newton, Miami Shores and elsewhere stem largely from zoning regulations. Supporters argue that zoning is intended to prevent conflicts and annoyances from arising.
There is probably some truth in that argument. But sometimes, as in the case of the prohibitions on edible gardens detailed in this chapter, zoning itself becomes an annoyance and a source of conflict. In Orlando, for example, where Jason Helvenston cultivated his garden, the city admitted that its zoning rules were too vague to accuse Helvenston of violating the city code. But the details the city proposed as a solution to that code, including a rule that would limit annual harvests to no more than 25 percent of the front yard, simply replaced unbearable vagueness with indefensible arbitrariness.
Gardening can reduce stress and mental clarity, while helping to prevent everything from coronary heart disease to colon cancer. Seed bombs, also called seed balls, are especially useful in guerrilla gardening because they can be thrown over barriers or fences to reach areas inaccessible. The compact nature of the pumps prevents individual seeds from escaping in the wind or being washed away by runoff. Landgrave-Serrano says there are often two reasons why people tend gardens in places where they weren't told they could.
Garden spaces, tools and equipment can be modified or adapted to help reduce the physical stress associated with gardening in older people. MSU is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer, committed to achieving excellence through a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture that encourages all people to reach their full potential. The need for shade or for fresh fruits and vegetables inspires people to plant whatever they see fit, as does the conviction that an area deserves or could benefit from some vegetation. I love a front yard garden (in fact, that's the garden I'm working on this year) and one of the reasons is that people stop by to chat when you have a garden.
Guerilla gardening also allows people to grow their own food to combat the effects of food shortages and food deserts. Some medical conditions and physical disabilities may restrict or prevent older people from participating in gardening. Some physical, mental and age-related conditions should be considered when older people work in the garden, but they should not prevent people from enjoying the garden. The Environmental Protection Agency defines urban agriculture as the production of food within a community to benefit the people who live there.
Average people felt like they were helping their country and their families by getting their hands on the land and growing some of what they ate. Finley began planting orchards in South Central Los Angeles, where “self-service is killing more people than coaches. Some people don't get enough sun in their backyards to grow fruits and vegetables, which require a lot of light to flourish. People around the world plant sunflower seeds to honor the roots of the guerrilla gardening movement and to beautify abandoned community areas.