Are you looking for a fun and easy way to enjoy the benefits of gardening without the hassle of digging in dirt? What if I told you, there is a way to plant seeds that requires no tools and can be completed in minutes? If that sounds too good to be true, then I’ve got news for you – seed bombs are here!
Seed bombs allow anyone, with or without gardening experience, to plant native wildflowers almost anywhere. They are also an effective tool when it comes to introducing pollinators like butterflies, bees and birds into any yard or green space. Discover how planting your own seed bombs could result in beautiful flowers blooming all season long!
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What You Will Need:
- Meadow flower seeds or seeds collected from the garden
- Peat-free compost
- Powdered clay (found in craft shops)
- Mixing bowl
How to Make a Seed Bomb:
- In a bowl, mix together 1 cup of seeds with 5 cups of compost and 2-3 cups of clay powder (you could use clay soil instead if you have it).
- Slowly mix in water with your hands until everything sticks together.
- Roll the mixture into firm balls.
Leave the balls to dry in a sunny spot.
- Now for the fun bit! Plant your seed bombs by throwing them at bare parts of the garden and wait to see what pops up!
Plants to include in your seed bombs:
- Bulbous Buttercup – Ranunculus bulbosus
- Chamomile – Chamaemelum nobile
- Common Bird’s-foot-trefoil – Lotus corniculatus
- Common Knapweed – Centaurea nigra
- Common Spotted-orchid -Dactylorhiza fuchsii
- Lady’s bedstraw – Galium verum
- Red Clover – Trifolium pratense
- Wild Thyme – Thymus polytrichus
Tips and Tricks for Success
- Seed bombing is best done in spring and autumn. Or, time your attack to coincide with heavy rainfall.
- Before seed bombing, assess a site for sunniness and choose your seeds accordingly.
- Best flowers for seed bombs: for sunny areas, annual meadow flowers including poppies, cornflower, marigold; Californian poppies; cosmos; hollyhocks; nigella; verbena bonariensis; viper’s bugloss.
- For shady areas, use a woodland seed mix; foxgloves, tobacco plant, honesty.
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