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Seed bombs

A fun way to distribute seeds & green-up neglected areas. This post also addresses responsible seed-bombing.

Growing & Gardens

Introduction

Seed-bombing is hotly debated. Is it livening up waste ground with native plants to support wildlife? Or is it dropping unwanted seeds without permission?

We recommend a less-controversial approach – use seed bombs as a way to green your own space – growing wanted plants on authorised land makes seed-bombing a great activity.


Key Features

  • Age Range All Ages
  • Duration Less than an hour
  • Location Anywhere
  • Season Spring
  • Time of Day Anytime
  • Categories: Growing & Gardens
    Nature

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Environmental Considerations

Consider the environmental impact of preparing, carrying out & completing this activity. Could this impact be reduced? Specific considerations for this activity could include:

Health & Safety Considerations

Follow your usual operating procedures and carry out appropriate risk benefit assessments.
Some considerations particular to this activity include:

What you'll need

  • compost
  • seeds
  • clay
  • pencil / pointed stick

Jo Phillips



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A note on materials:

Muddy Faces recommends using natural rather than air-drying clay. Air-drying clay usually has nylon fibres in it to help reinforce it when it dries – these can get into the natural environment.
For the same reason we suggest you do not decorate with glitter (as is sometimes suggested), as the small particles are plastic and do not break down naturally.

Step #1

Mix together some garden compost and wildflower seeds.

Step #2

filling a clay pocket with seeds

Add a little water and tightly compact small handfuls into balls.

For a more sturdy ball, roll out some circles of natural clay.

Hold the circle in your hand and mold it into a pocket.

Gently fill the clay with the seeds and compost mixture, then mould the whole thing into a ball.

Step #3

Leave the clay balls in the sun to dry.

Step #4

Throw your bombs onto the area you want to seed.

clay balls with patterns scratched into them

Use a stick to scrape patterns into the balls.

Why not use catapults or water bomb launchers to spread your seed bombs?

Take a note, or make a map of where your seed bombs go. Visit in a few weeks to see if anything has grown.


Have a discussion around ‘guerrilla seed-bombing’ (leaving them in places without permission). What are the ethical issues?

On her personal website, artist Keri Smith writes “this week I will be dropping many of these seed bombs on abandoned lots in my town and from that moment on, every time I go downtown and walk by these places and see wildflowers growing I will feel like they are a part of me, (instead of the usual feeling of sadness that comes from seeing places that are abused, laden with garbage and abandoned by the former inhabitants).”

Disclaimer: Muddy Faces cannot take any responsibility for accidents or damage that occurs as a result of following this activity.You are responsible for making sure the activity is conducted safely.

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