What are seed bombs?
Seed Bombs or seed balls, are small clusters packed with wildflower seeds that are designed to bring greenery and colorful pollinator habitats to urban landscapes or neglected areas.
Born from the guerrilla gardening movement that took shape in the 1970s, seed bombs were first used en masse by artist Liz Christy and the Green Guerrillas. Tired of Manhattan’s crumbling concrete sprawl, they began tossing what they called seed green-aids (sounds like grenades, get it?) into abandoned lots and run down urban landscapes.
What are seed bombs made from?
While the Green Guerillas crafted seed bombs out of balloons or even Christmas ornaments, many of today’s seed bombs are made using compost and clay wrapped around wildflower seeds – a method perfected by Japanese natural farming guru Masanobu Fukuoka. At Botanical PaperWorks, seed bombs are made with a paper pulp that is made from recycled post-industrial material. It protects the seeds and retains water for germination while also breaking down and biodegrading. Like the Green Guerillas, we believe in making the world a greener, more vibrant place so there are tons of colors and options to choose from.
What do seed bombs grow?
Botanical PaperWorks wildflower seed bombs grow a blend of colorful flowers including Clarkia, Black Eyed Susan, Sweet Alyssum, Catchfly and Snapdragon. They are also available with vegetable or herb seeds for those that prefer to grow something edible.
What are seed bombs used for?
Seed bombs are a unique and fun way to share a powerful message about the environment, making them popular for businesses and individuals that want to send a green message. They can be purchased as seed bomb promotional products, seed bomb wedding favors, or as bulk seed bombs in sets of 25 for DIY seed bomb projects. They are also a fantastic educational tool because kids love the idea and it teaches them about sustainability and planting.
How do you plant seed bombs?
Simply poke seed bombs into moist soil leaving the tops uncovered in a sunny spot. Keep them very well-watered, especially during germination. If you prefer to toss them like the Green Guerillas, you can also soak them in water before tossing.
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