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The idea of the garden was born last year. Seeing so many empty plots in Bratislava, that are not used yet/anymore and are in a state of inbetween, we developed the idea to plant a little garden in one of those holes in the city.
A lot of those plots are by now in private hands of investors, who often build big fences around the plots so that one cannot enter, nor walk through. Especially in the more central parts of the city.
This limitation of free and empty space, that now is behind that very fence, changes the character of the streets and makes them appear more narrow.
A lot of these plots are already empty for years.

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The first spots we wanted to plant our garden either pretty quickly were turned into some commercial fenced plot or it turned out, that it was too much of an effort to climb every time a fence you want to water your garden. The fifth spot was finally the one. An old abandoned park in front of an old factory building where they used to produce thread.

So, one day, we took the rakes, a shovel, some plants (either pre-planted on our balcony) and some seeds and set off to the spot. We found a suitable place next to the abandoned fountain and started to get rid of grass and weed first. Next, we tried to cultivate the soil, probably still contaminated by heavy chemical stuff. We didn't get too far when a couple of smiling, but strict cops showed up being very inquisitive about what we were doing.
A very sincere answer: "Planting pepper, pumpkin and bean" obviously did not satisfy their curiousity, so they asked us if we, by any chance, were not planting some marihuana.
After having ensured them that this was rather the project of a city garden, cops shook their heads slightly reluctant to believe and warned us the park was to be turned into a construction site soon anyway. The older one expressed his regrets about Bratislava, the city where children would soon admire trees in special nature reserves.
He wished us good luck, however, with a threat that if they see something illegal growing on the spot they will easily know how to find us.