As noted in the last post, I’ve been a bit slow on the Flint MI x10 site in April due to a show at the Aurora Picture Show in Houston. I’m happy to report that the show is complete and turned out well. You can see how it went on the UBT tumblr site. If you are ever in Houston, check out APS. They are good folks.
So, jumping back into FMx10, let’s start with a recap. Of the 10 artworks for Flint, I have sent the DADA book to the Flint Public Library (#2) and responded to a “the pasta is terrible” comment on Google Maps for Chevy In The Hole (#9). So far, so good. I think the next thing to wrap up is #6 - With seeds culled from friends Catskill garden, plant rouge pumpkin in a Flint public park.
Way back in January, we looked at the best time to plant pumpkins in Flint. It seemed like the date to get things in the ground would be the fast approaching May 1.
So, here is what I’m thinking…
You might of heard of Flower Bombing. In general, I do not think this will work with pumpkin seeds. I have a feeling that you will probably only end up feeding squirrels. Also, as seen in the linked video, I do not advocate driving around Flint tossing clumps of dirt out of the back of pickup trucks into well kept lawns as this is A.) dorky and B.) most likely pointless due to the fact that Mr and Mrs. well-kept-lawn, as well as the maintenance workers of Flint, will probably just weed whack anything that does not look like kentucky blue grass.
Here is what I suggest. Find a patch of ground that is out of the way and will gets plenty of sun. Look for land that seems to be overgrown, ignored and forgotten. Every big city has them. They are filler spaces stuck in some in between state. This space is perfect for a bit of urban gardening. In the list, I say “public park” but any open space will do. This could be a parking lot, road divide or even be your front lawn.
When you have your location picked out, it’s time for some rouge and perhaps nocturnal gardening. I would suggest one of following two approaches.
Using something like a spade, hand trowel or just a big stick, draw a circle in the ground about 3 feet in diameter. The line of your circle should be around an inch or so in depth. This small trench help will catch some rain as pumpkins are notorious water hogs. Inside your circle dump some soil with the center a few inches higher than the edges. In the center of the circle plant 5 seeds just below the surface in a roughly 5 inch ring. Place each seed into the ground on its edge with the pointy side of seed facing the center. Drench the circle in water and you are done. You can also try sticking a small sign in the ground with text like “Amy’s First Rouge Pumpkins Patch”. I’m not sure that this will stop someone from mowing over your plants but it might help.
A few week later when the seeds come up, pull the 2 smallest plants out as they will end up choking the larger plants growth. Sorry, I know that sound harsh but that’s the way plants work sometimes. Later in the summer, when things get going, you can steak the vines and fruits a bit to avoid weird ground rot and bugs.
Dig a small shallow hole in the ground and dump a few seeds in. Cover it up and come back in the Fall to see if anything happened.
If you are in and around Flint and would be interested in planting some seeds, send me an email mriver (at) mteww.com and I will mail some off to you. I have 81 seeds from last year so don’t be shy. In solidarity, I plan on planing a patch here in Greenpoint Brooklyn along the waterfront. I’ll let you know how it goes.