plant by number

Plant-By-Number is a printed felt landscape fabric that provides visual instruction to novice guerilla growers.

The vast network of freeways in the U.S. could offer up underused space for food production in a post-oil world.
1 / 4 more↓ The vast network of freeways in the U.S. could offer up underused space for food production in a post-oil world.

In the American frontier story, farming became a visible means of claiming space. Even today, food production remains a “clear way to emphasize one’s right to have a say in planning.” Guerrilla gardening, specifically by city dwellers adopting forgotten urban spaces, provides an outlet for place-based action and civic involvement. This kind of space hijacking fits squarely into the American ethic, specifically when it comes to converting underused land into a more productive capacity.

While this unsolicited engagement with the landscape often reveals unexpected adjacencies or efficiencies, many growers lack information about how and where to plant. Regional data, such as growing seasons, soil types and drainage, air and water quality, and solar access may not be obvious to a new farmer. Serving as an intermediary between data collection sources and the public, informed designers can develop open-source Plant-By-Number guidance for new farmers. These plans would be printed out full size on a root-barrier felt, creating a visual invitation in the landscape for budding growers.