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How To: Make Seed Bombs

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Welcome back guest writter Nikki Fotheringham of Guerilla Gnomes!

Seed bombs are the staple of the guerrilla gardener’s arsenal. The seeds are encased in a hard ball of clay and potting soil that helps them to germinate. The seed bombs can be tossed into any bare patch of dirt and are especially effective in the city. Here seed bombs can be planted in the space around city trees on roofs, in pots or even cracks in the pavement. Just add water and Kabloom!

You can put any kind of seed into a seed bomb. This means you can fill your city, garden or countryside with flowers, hers or your favourite veggies. You can make your own seed bombs and distribute them to your friends and family. It only takes a couple of minutes.
5 parts dry red clay (available from large department stores or garden centers)
3 parts compost


Mix clay and compost together

Mix the clay and compost and add just enough water to make it the consistency of play dough (kinda). Take enough dirt/clay to make a gumball sized ball. Stick a seed in the center and roll the clay/dirt around it. Leave to dry for a couple of hours.

One Comment »

  • Mr. Green said:

    Seed bombs are too cool! Seriously, I have never seen something like this, and not only will they be great for my wife and I’s urban garden, I actually think I can make these work as Christmas presents for our gardener friends.

    We have a bunch of friends that do rooftop gardening at their apartments, and they are going to love this. Thanks for the info!

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