Make Your Own Seed Bombs!
May 22nd, 2011 | D.I.Y., Grow Your Own, clay, farm, Fukuoka, garden, grow your own, guerilla, guerrilla, plant, seed balls, spring, urban, Vancouver
It’s that time of year to seed bomb the city! I found this basic recipe for seed balls on Heavy Petal, last year and it works great:
- 5 parts dry red clay*
- 3 parts dry organic compost
- 1 part seed**
- 1 – 2 parts water
We used a 16oz. plastic cup as a measure, which made enough for approximately 300 seedballs. After mixing together all the dry ingredients, we added enough water to form a mix that held together without crumbling but wasn’t so wet that it wouldn’t roll into balls. Pinching off small bits of the lovely mud, we rolled penny-sized balls and set them in trays. They will sit on my windowsill for three or four days until completely dry.
*Dry red clay: Yes, this is the stuff that potters use. Commonly it comes pre-mixed, which you don’t want. You want the dry powder so it can be easily mixed. I’ve tried using grey clay from a riverbank – it doesn’t work so well. In Greater Vancouver there is something called Red Art Clay which is available at Greenbarn Potters Supply Ltd., 9548 – 192nd Street in Surrey (604-888-3411). Try asking at your local art supply store.
**Seeds: Workshop organizer Al provided crimson clover, white dutch clover and wild flower seeds, while the rest of the participants donated appropriate seeds – I put in California poppy, nasturtium and cilantro. Al also suggested using the edible, perennial and drought-tolerant plants listed at Plants for a Future.
In this short Japanese language video Fukuoka is seen teaching the seed ball making process hands on to a group of enthusiastic students.
For more information about Masanobu Fukuoka please visit: www.fukuokafarmingol.info or check out this interview Greening the Desert.