How to make a seed bomb
Created by guerrilla gardeners for brightening up public areas, seed bombs are great fun for children and adults!
Whether it's a planting pot, flowerbed, wild patch in your lawn or entire meadow, planting and sowing wildflowers provide vital resources to support a wide range of insects which otherwise couldn't survive in urban areas.
Throwing, breaking up or digging these balls into areas that need a little brightening up in your garden is a perfect way of spending an afternoon!
What you need:
- Meadow flower seeds or seeds collected from the garden
- Peat-free compost
- Powdered clay (found in craft shops)
- Mixing bowl.
What to do:
- 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 mixture into firm balls
- Leave to dry in a sunny spot
- Now for the fun bit – plant by throwing your seed bombs at bare parts of the garden.
Top seeds to include
- Wild thyme
- Ladys bedstraw
- Lawn chamomile
- Red clover
- Black knapweed
- Common spotted orchid
- Bulbous buttercup
Want to do more? Grow your own mini meadow or wild patch in your garden.