What is a seed ball or seed bomb? It’s a little round ball (about the size of a teeny bouncer or a marble) made up of soil, clay and seeds. A basic tool of guerilla gardening, you can toss the balls in abandoned green spaces and leave the seeds to sprout without care. The clay and soil protect the seeds from drying out in the sun or blowing away. The ball shape allows you to send seeds into spaces that might otherwise be hard to access. Here is a good little article about seed balls and how they work
. They are a super kids activity—gooey, simple and fun.
Today, we did a test batch of seed ball
making and they turned out well. We will have a seed ball making party at the Children’s Gardens in 2 weeks, on Saturday, April 9 at 3pm. If the weather is crappy we will either (1) move to the following day (Sunday) or (2) move the gathering indoors, probably to our place, which is just down the street from the gardens.
I will provide clay and top soil.
What you need to bring:
- seeds —ideally bee and butterfly loving plants like wild flowers, herbs that will flower, poppies and other flowers to pretty up the corridor beside our gardens
- a flat container to take your balls home in, eg tupperware bin, cookie tray, cardboard shoe box
It is best if the balls air dry for 24-48 hours before you throw them. If the balls dry quickly we might be able to get together that Sunday and huck them as a group. That would be a super fun and chaotic, no? Just please don’t let your kid lob seed bombs into people’s gardening plots!
Contact Krista to join us if you have not yet received an invitation. An executive member will be able to give you my email address. Happy gardening!