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How Guerrilla Gardening Works

RELEASED December 4, 2008
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You've heard of guerrilla fighting tactics, but how much do you know about guerrilla gardening? Check out this HowStuffWorks podcast to learn more about this "revolutionary" gardening trend.

Announcer

Welcome to Stuff You Should Know from howstuffworks.com.

Josh Clark

Hey, and welcome to the Podcast. I'm Josh; Chuck's with me. Say hi, Chuck.

Chuck Bryant

Hi.

Josh Clark

And I know it titillates Chuck when I say this so welcome to Stuff You Should Know.

Chuck Bryant

It does. I love it.

Josh Clark

Yeah, I know you do, Chuck.

Chuck Bryant

Sixty episodes in and we're introducing the show as the show.

Josh Clark

Yeah, yeah, well, you know, you gotta try new things sometimes.

Chuck Bryant

It evolves. I like it.

Josh Clark

Yeah, pretty soon I'll just start making up new names for it and people will be like did I download the right one. Yeah. So, Chuck, as I am - usually want to do, I have an anecdote from my past that will nicely segway into what we should talk about today.

Chuck Bryant

I like these because they always - I don't know about these beforehand, I really don't so they're always interesting.

Josh Clark

This one's not, you know, by comparison, it's not that good so don't get your hopes up.

Chuck Bryant

Okay.

Josh Clark

But I was a slightly younger man in my early teens I had a friend named Jeremy whose dad was a firefighter and he was this tough guy but he also was fairly cultivated, you know, cultured. And he and his friends, some of them firefighter buddies, used to go out at night and engage in what they called clumping.

Chuck Bryant

Okay.

Josh Clark

All right. And I have never heard of it before or since. I think they made it up actually. But clumping involved going into somebody's yard and stealing plants that you liked and then taking them back to your yard and planting them there.

Chuck Bryant

Right. That's a nice thing for a firefighter to do I think.

Josh Clark

Exactly. Yeah, well, you know, if he's saving lives, I think he can kind of get something of a pass but it always struck me as a little wrong maybe.

Chuck Bryant

Well, stealing.

Josh Clark

It is stealing, quite clearly, but at the same time, it's even more than stealing, you know, it's not like stealing somebody's cell phone, you don't have anything really attached to that except maybe your phonebook in it. This is - somebody is cultivating a garden; somebody is taking the time to plan this and tend to it and now all of a sudden there's huge holes filled with dirt.

Chuck Bryant

Right. You're stealing their time; you're stealing their money that they put into the planting.

Josh Clark

Sure, now comes the segway. You want to know what the opposite of that is.

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