Seed Bombs

Seed Bombs

Spring is the perfect time to start thinking about gardening and adding new flowers to our outdoor spaces. As seeds become available in stores, making seed bombs can be a fun and creative way to prepare for the gardening season ahead. Seed bombs are not only easy to make but also a great way to introduce wildflowers to various areas, adding beauty and biodiversity to our environment. Whether it's in our own gardens or in neglected urban spaces, seed bombs can help kickstart the growth of colorful blooms, creating vibrant habitats for pollinators and enhancing the natural beauty of our surroundings.

What do you do?

  1. Gather Materials: Collect clay powder or clay soil, compost or potting soil, and a variety of native wildflower seeds. Mix the clay powder and compost or potting soil in a bowl, gradually adding water until the mixture holds together without being too wet or sticky.
  2. Form Seed Bombs: Take small handfuls of the mixture and roll them into balls about 1 inch in diameter. Press a few seeds into each ball, ensuring they are evenly distributed throughout. Let the seed bombs dry for 24-48 hours until they are firm and hold their shape.
  3. Distribution: Once dry, seed bombs are ready to be distributed. Simply toss them into areas of bare soil or areas that could benefit from wildflower growth, such as vacant lots, roadside verges, or gardens. With rain or watering, the clay will dissolve, and the seeds will germinate, resulting in beautiful wildflower blooms.

What do you need?

    1. Clay powder or clay soil: This serves as a binder to hold the seed bombs together.
    2. Compost or potting soil: Provides nutrients for the seeds to grow once the seed bombs are dispersed.
    3. Native wildflower seeds: Choose a variety of seeds suited to your local climate and growing conditions. These can often be found at gardening stores or online.
    4. Water: Used to moisten the clay and soil mixture to the right consistency for forming seed bombs.
    5. Bowl or container: To mix the clay, soil, and seeds together.
  • Optional: Gloves to protect your hands from getting too dirty, and a tarp or newspaper to protect your work surface from mess.

Safety Considerations:

Minimize exposure to clay powder or soil dust, which can irritate the respiratory system, by working in a well-ventilated area. Additionally, be aware of any potential allergies to the materials used, such as clay or certain types of soil, and consider wearing gloves to prevent skin irritation. When selecting seeds, opt for non-toxic varieties safe for the local environment and wildlife, especially if there's a risk of ingestion by children or pets. Ensure that the water used to moisten the clay and soil mixture is clean and safe for handling, and wash hands thoroughly afterward. Finally, practice proper cleanup procedures to dispose of any unused materials and prevent slipping hazards. 

Benefits:

  • Physical: Gardening involves physical activity like digging and planting, boosting fitness and coordination. Sunlight exposure supports vitamin D production and overall well-being.
  • Spiritual: Gardening fosters a sense of connection to nature, promoting mindfulness and gratitude. Observing plant growth cycles inspires awe and contemplation.
  • Emotional: Gardening reduces stress and anxiety, providing a therapeutic outlet for creativity and nurturing. It instills a sense of accomplishment and offers relaxation and mindfulness.
  • Intellectual: Gardening stimulates problem-solving and planning skills, fostering cognitive engagement. Learning about plants and ecology through hands-on experience promotes lifelong learning and intellectual growth.