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Celebrate World Environment Day by doing your bit for your environment! Not just today, but every day!!
“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”
Planting seeds is a great kick off the rainy season, and learning how to make seed bombs is a great way to get your gardening started. Super easy and fun to make, start a new tradition this World Environment Day and learn how to make seed bombs. A seed bomb is also a great DIY gift! What’s more, you can make them any day!
What is a Seed Bomb / Seed Ball?
A seed bomb is a marble sized ball made of clay, earth, and seeds which are used to replant areas where the natural vegetation has been destroyed. They are also called as seed balls. Some say it originated in Japan while others claim Greece, but native plant seed ball is now used around the world to reseed land that has been abused by humans or destroyed by a natural calamity.
Benefits of Seed Bombs
Seed bombs protect the seed, retains moisture and provides nutrients that the seed needs to get started. The ball prevents birds or animals from eating up the seeds.
Seed Bombs make planting easy and makes it possible to cover large areas. All you will need to do is throw them! For example, you can drive around in a car a bunch of seed bombs and disperse the seed bombs all around while cruising in your vehicle.
Using native plant seed balls is a great way to reseed the landscape and also teaches kids the significance of native plants and the environment.
How to make a Seed Bomb:
What you need
- 2 parts potting soil
- 5 parts pottery clay mix from your local art store
- 1-2 parts water
- 1-2 parts seeds of your choice
- Large tub or bucket to mix ingredients
- A Cardboard box to dry and store seed balls
Steps to make the Seed Bombs
- Mix soil, clay and 1 part water thoroughly. Ensure that there are no lumps. Add more water, a little at a time, until the mixture is the consistency of moulding clay or play dough.
- Add seeds and keep kneading the dough until the seeds are well mixed in. Add more water if needed.
- Take small bits of the clay mixture and roll into a ball about one inch in diameter. The balls should hold together easily. If they’re crumbly, add more water. Children can also get creative and make them in different shapes!
- Dry the seed balls for 24-48 hours in a shady place before sowing or storing. It is recommended that you store them in a cardboard box. Do not use plastic bags.
- The final step is to sow them! You can place them carefully over the area to be planted or you can gently toss them one at a time, which is a lot more fun. Don’t bury them and don’t water them. Once you have done this, sit back and leave the rest to Mother Nature!
Here is a video that shows you how to make seed bombs:
Seed bombs work best when made the day before rain is forecast and then cast 24 hours later – before the rain has started! Even if it doesn’t rain the seeds will be fine for a few days.
Save the Environment. Throw a Seed Bomb!
Throw Seed bombs across land which needs greenery. You can throw them on the land on the side of highways or barren patches of lands in urban areas like apartment complexes etc or soil on road dividers, to create a green cover. Go on and make the world greener! Go ahead and let nature explode with your seed bombs!