How to Make Seed Bombs

Seeds bombs are said to originate from ancient cultures but also became popular in the ’70s. They are very basic but highly effective within the modern guerilla gardening movement. If you want to learn how to make seed bombs, please read on. Seed bombs are made from a mixture of clay, compost, and plant seeds rolled together in the palm of the hand. The mixture creates a good environment for seedlings to start forming. They usually aren’t buried in the ground but are scattered by throwing the ball into areas that people feel need more plant life.

How To Make Seed Bombs
Photograph of Seed Bombs drying by Suyash Dwivedi

Seeds with hulls or shells should be opened up. Red clay that is high in iron is said to work better than grey clay. Sift your compost through a screen to remove large sticks and rocks. Add hot red pepper powder to your seed bombs to deter animals from disturbing them. Mix all of your ingredients together with a little water until its the right consistency to roll into a ball within the palm of your hand. If you’re saving the seed bombs to use at a later date, you need to immediately start drying them in the sun so that they don’t start germinating early.

While many websites are now selling their own, it’s really not that hard to make them yourself. Throw them into empty lots or fields, spread native wildflower seeds to help increase bee populations in your area. Throw them on roadsides to bring natural beauty to your area. Spread fruit or vegetable seeds for people to forage food from. Here is a video to help you learn the process of making them. You can also use other creative methods for distributing seeds like the seed balloon or seed pill.  Good luck!

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