Sowing as you pedal



Is there any other kind of gardening than vegetable gardening and guerilla gardening? If you went solely on media coverage, you might wonder. I’m all for the new interest in gardening, no matter what kind it is. Here’s a review of movement guru Richard Reynold’s book On Guerilla Gardening (which I have not yet read). I also saw a long discussion of vegetable gardening on the Washington Post website, and an account of how British reality show Big Brother will now make the contestants grow their own potatoes and carrots as part of their residence in the Big Brother house. And of course the LA Times and NY Times have recently weighed with big features on both types.

But I really got a kick out of Bloom, a device that you attach to your bike and, as you ride, seed-containing bubbles waft along your route. It’s based on the way dandelions spread seeds.

I don’t see myself using it, and question its ultimate efficacy, but I thought it was cute nonetheless. HT Reality Sandwich, one of my favorite sites for interesting stuff.

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Elizabeth Licata

Elizabeth Licata has been a regular writer for  Garden Rant since 2007, after contributing a guest rant about the overuse of American flags in front gardens. She lives and gardens in Buffalo, N.Y., which, far from the frozen wasteland many assume it to be, is a lush paradise of gardens, historic architecture, galleries, museums, theaters, and fun. As editor of Buffalo Spree magazine,  Licata helps keep Western New Yorkers apprised about what is happening in their region. She is also a freelance writer and art curator, who’s been published in Fine Gardening, Horticulture, ArtNews, Art in America, the Village Voice, and many other publications. She does regularly radio segments for the local NPR affiliate, WBFO.

Licata is involved with Garden Walk Buffalo, the largest free garden tour in the US and possibly the world,and has written the text for a book about Garden Walk. She has also written and edited several art-related books. Contact Elizabeth: ealicata at


  1. Oh I have to laugh at the image of bubble seeds. I so want one. Not for the seed part, but it would be so funny to bike down the road leaving bubbles in your wake.

  2. Can you read good? Before you click post.

    I always fantasized about spreading Zephyranthes seeds all over Maui. Do they make a bubble seeder for cars? Then of course you would need to pick the right music as you drive along.

  3. Too bad the bubbles wouldn’t work for sunflowers. I tend to think the sight of a sunflower growing unexpectedly out of a crack in the pavement would make a lot of people smile.

    Could just walk around ‘accidentally’ dropping sunflower seeds I suppose.

  4. cute idea, but…too bad our american cities are so zealous in looking after their (misplaced?) heavy investments in sidewalks and roads, and employ crews which would spray all the sprouts with vicious, toxic herbicides without a second thought.

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