Every gardener has at least one outdoor location they pass by on a regular basis that cries out to them for some type of vegetative help. It might be a vacant lot, a barren embankment or an overgrown field, but it needs a touch of floral color to make it (and you) happy. Time, money and/or fear of trespassing may have kept you from doing your gardening duty, but a few seed bombs can overcome any obstacle that stands between you and beautifying a neglected plot of land.
Seed bombs are easy and inexpensive to make, easy and fun to distribute. As the name indicates, a seed bomb is simply tossed onto the desired area and will soon be followed by an explosion of floral color. Follow these easy instructions for building seed bombs.
* Clay from your area. If native clay is not available, you can use Crayola air dry clay found at Wal-Mart for about $5.00. The clay protects the seeds from insects, birds, etc. that might eat them before they germinate.
* Water. This is used for forming clay. Do not water seeds bomb when finished.
* Seeds that are native to your area. Native plant seeds will have a higher rate of successful germination, life cycle and self-seeding than non-native plant seeds. Check with your state’s Department of Natural Resources to find out which seeds/plants are native to your area. Purchase seed mixtures that consist of native flowers and plants. Not only will native plants grow well, they will not crowd out other plants, disrupt bird and insect populations, or do other environmental damage.
* Compost to help feed the plants after seed germination.
Create Seed Bombs
Place 5 parts clay, 1 part compost and 1 part flower seeds onto a flat surface and knead together. Add drops of water as needed to make the clay dough pliable. Pinch off portions of the clay that about the size of a golf ball and roll the portions into a ball. Lay each clay ball on a flat surface in a single layer in the sunshine. Protect the clay balls from rain and dew until they are completely dry. These are your newly created seed bombs.
Distributing the seeds bombs is as easy as tossing them out of your car window as you drive by the eye-sore location that needs a burst of floral color growing in it. The dew and rain will melt the clay and help the flowers seeds germinate and the compost will provide a loose surface for tiny roots to anchor to and plenty of food for the seedling until it can sink its roots into the soil of its new home.