A fun way to distribute seeds & green-up neglected areas. This post also addresses responsible seed-bombing.
Age Range: all ages
Duration: less than an hour
Time Of Day: any time
Category: growing & gardens sustainability & nature
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.
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.
Mix together some garden compost and wildflower 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.
Leave the clay balls in the sun to dry.
Throw your bombs onto the area you want to seed.
Take it further
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).”