A squash plant thriving in a public wooden structure intended to support a young tree. Mainzer Straße was recently dug up to repair water pipes below; this very young tree appears to have been planted after the street was restored. So it, and the structure supporting it, are rather new arrivals on the block.
Is that why I was so delighted, amazed and tickled to notice that some neighbor has planted a squash in the same small space, and that it’s absolutely thriving? Street squash is generally on the rise in my neighborhood; they’re being planted by residents around street trees all over Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg.
I even found some squashes or cucumbers that some guerilla gardener hat planted in little circles dug into neglected apartment house lawns on busy Stralauer Allee, above. Most look less than appetizing though, suffering from foot traffic and dog pee.
The sheltered squash I met this morning, though? It has none of those problems. Protected on all sides by a fortress provided by the city, it can grow up safe and grow up strong.
I can’t wait to see what zucchinis, pumpkins or other squash will appear under those leaves. Watch this space!