A month or so ago we made these Seed Bombs for a craft blog that I write for. I wanted to share the recipe here with all of you, plus an update on how they are working.The idea has been out there for decades, for gardening when one doesn't have the time to do the prep work of the soil and of course beautifying the areas of vacancy. These Guerrilla Gardeners have been bombing for years, but all of a sudden the idea is mainstream with Seed Bomb vending machines – which we saw up in a store in New England.
We are going to make ours using clay, potting soil/compost, water and native wild flower seeds. The bee population is in serious danger and without bees, fruits will not be pollinated and we will not have honey – a huge source of healing and sweetness in our home. It is important for us to share this with our daughter and try to help the bees in our area by planting lots of flowers. But feel free to use veggie seeds, like lettuce and spinach if you want to try a garden without much work.
Air Dry Clay
Potting Soil or Compost – the key is to have clean dirt – so you don't contaminate any area that you bomb. (You can purify dirt from your yard by baking it in the oven.)
The recipe is by parts so you can make more or less depending on your ambition.
3 parts air dry clay
2 parts potting soil
1 part seeds
Start by scooping the air dry clay out and placing it into a mixing bowl, next add the potting soil. Since we are using clay that already has moisture to it, start mixing the two together with your hands. Add water a little bit at a time, really no more than a tablespoon at a time. Too much water will make a runny mess so less is more. If you add too much water try to fix the consistency by adding equal parts of clay and soil. In the end it should be mushy enough to push through your fingers, but hold a ball shape when rolled in your hands.
Once you've gotten the mix to this consistency, open the seeds and pour them in. Mix the seeds in really well. Next start making your bombs by rolling little balls in your hands, about the size of marbles. Lay the balls out on a rack to dry. Let them dry completely. I recommend a cloth bag to store them in, that way if there is any moisture left the Bombs will be able to continue to dry out and they will not mold.
Now, what do you do with them? Go out into the world, find a vacant lot and bombs away! These are also great for people who don't really have the time to garden. The potting soil gives the seeds a good base to root to and the clay will hold in moisture. The rain does most of the work. We are going to use them on our property where it is too hard to dig and tend to the garden like a steep sloping hillside.
Here is a note on seed choice: Choose wisely. Look for native seeds to your area. One of the packs of wildflowers we found are annuals for our area. These are the Seed Bombs that we are going to give as gifts to our friends. These plants are not invasive and will not come back, they will be there for one season and not cause problems for the future. For ourselves we are using a mix of annual and perennial wildflowers because we know we want the hillside to be covered year after year.
Here are the seed bombs in action. I am pleased so far with the results, so now that you see that they work go make some!!!
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