Q: Can guerilla gardening actually be bad for a local environment? There's an empty plot over by my house that is not kept up by the city and I want to grow some veggies in a little area. The plot has trash and is overgrown with weeds and grasses but I realized, I don't exactly know what the plants/weeds are and maybe they play a role in the area that I may not be aware of…
...So should I just look for empty dirt instead of clearing out weeds?
Sent by GG
Editor: GG, this is a very interesting question, and one that we don't really know the answer to. One thing we can advise you about is to be cautious growing any fruits or vegetables you plan on eating in urban soil that has not been tested. We wrote about the dangers of lead in many city garden plots, so unless you plan to do a soil test first, we might advise against planting any food.
But regarding the detriment to the local environment, we're going to throw that question out to the readers.
Originally published 2009-08-07 - CB