If you are looking for a way to have fun with your family while celebrating spring and benefitting the planet, seed bombs may be the answer.
South Africa (06 September 2021) – Seed bombs are a great tool to disperse wildflower seeds around your garden easily. They are a fun activity for all and go a long way to helping feed our local pollinators.
The concept is simple enough; all you need is a little bit of compost and clay along with a selection of seeds. You make a mixture of soil and add in your seeds. Once dried, you throw the seed bombs into the garden, and when the first rains come, the soil will break down, and the seeds will plant themselves.
Prepare for a blossom explosion not long afterwards.
We would recommend doing a little bit of research to ensure your seed bombs are a success. Firstly, find out what the climate will be where you wish to throw your seed bombs. If only reliant on rains, make sure the flower seeds are of water-wise or drought-tolerant plants
When throwing the seed bombs in your garden, consider adding seeds from edible herb and flower plants so you can add them to your cooking.
We recommend the following flowers:
- Borage or also known as Star Flower
- Cone Flower also known as Echinacea
- Namaqualand or African Daisy
It is great to collect seeds from the flowers you already have in the garden; they will be hardier and used to the varied elements in your garden.
You will need:
- A selection of seeds.
- Clay soil or something less sandy.
- Mixing bowl.
Creating your seed bomb:
- In a bowl, mix seeds with compost and clay soil.
- Slowly mix in water with your hands until everything sticks together.
- Roll the mixture into firm balls.
- Leave the balls to dry in a sunny spot.
- Throw your seed bombs in areas that need a little bit of colour and wait to see what happens.
So, will you and your children be making seed bombs this Spring? What flower mix will you be adding to yours?