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What Are Seed Bombs and How to Make Them

Spring Wildflowers

Seed Ball/Bomb

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Seed Bombing is a method of planting seeds unto a ground area by dropping or tossing them into a large area of land.

Seed bombs consist of a compressed ball or bundle of soil, seeds and fertilizer. Seed bombing is done by dropping the seed bombs or seed balls by plane (aerial reforestation) unto arid or off-limit locations such as, hard to reach areas or privately owned land.

Aerial restoration dates back to 1930, it was at this time that planes were used to scatter seeds over the inaccessible mountains of Honolulu after a forest fire.

Liz Christy, first used the term "seed grenade" when she started the "Green Guerillas".

These seed grenades were made from balloons that were filled with tomato seeds and fertilizer. The purpose was in order to make the neighborhoods look better as they were tossed onto empty lots in New York City. And thus began the guerrilla gardening movement.





C-130 Aircraft Hercules

HARP

Harp = The Haitian Aerial Reforestation Project

It was in 1987, that Lynn Garrison, created HARP. Tons of seeds that were encased in an absorbent material were scattered from a specially modified aircraft. These seed bombs consisted of fertilizer, insecticide/animal repellent and a few vegetable seeds. The seeds were moistened a few days before they were to be dropped, to get a start on germination.

Another project was using a C-130 aircraft that had been altered to drop cones that were biodegradable and had been filled with fertilizer and saplings, in hard to reach areas. An awesome way to replant a forest area that has been destroyed by fire.



Seed Bombs For The March Against Monsanto

March Against Monsanto

March Against Monsanto

An international grass roots movement against genetically modified food (also known as GMO's) that is being produced by the Monsanto corporation. Tami Canal, founded the movement in February 2013 to "bring awareness to health, agricultural, environmental and political issues associated with Monsanto" through public protests. An estimated 200,000 to 2 million supporters on May 25, 2013, participated in marches and rallies; organizers have claimed that marches took place in 436 cities around the world.

The movement was created by Tami Canal in a response to the failure of California's Proposition 37, which is a budget initiative that would have required labeling food products which contain GMOs. The movement advocates support of mandatory labeling laws for food made from GMOs and oppose the Farmer Assurance Provision (labeled the "Monsanto Protection Act" by critics).

Seed Bombs

How To Make Seed Bombs

Why not incorporate the seed bomb idea on a smaller scale to beautify our own neighborhoods or back yards.

This is a fun project for adults and kids, they can be used to plant wildflowers or vegetables in a sunny corner of your yard. If you have a really large open space, the children can shoot the seed bombs with a sling shot...be sure to use caution however..once the balls are dry, they are fairly hard and may cause injury....Be sure to use caution and adult supervision..The neighbor would not appreciate a broken window or a bonk on the head. That being said it is that time of year again and can't wait to see the beauty created from my seed bombs again this year.

That being said: this year in Southern California, we have been getting more rain then last year..

Great time to get startedf on those seed bombs!

Materials :

Bucket

Wildflower or Vegetable Seeds

Soil ...can be soil from your yard or a purchased potting soil

Water

Mix together one part wildflower or vegetable seeds with five parts soil. Add just enough water to mix and make mud. Roll mixture into small balls .. Allow the balls to air dry . Scatter the dry ball in the area desired. Water or wait for rain. Kids love making these mud balls.

A wildflower is a plant or flower that grows in the wild, what that means is that it had not been intentionally seeded or planted. Although, mixed seeds of the wildflower species are sold in seed packets.

Most wildflowers require specific soil, (slightly alkaline)temperature, 6-8 hours of direct sunlight, and water or rainfall.

When scattering your wildflower seed bombs in your home garden be sure to select a site that drains well. Remember...most wildflowers thrive in well drained soils.

Both the annual and perennial plants will return year after year once the plants have become established and are allowed to reseed. Two to three weeks after the flowers have bloomed, the seeds should mature, and after the seeds have dropped. The dropped seeds will reproduce. Or you can collect the seeds allow them to dry and make new seed bombs next spring.


See Video

Seed Bombs are a unique mix of wildflower and sunflower seeds engulfed in balls of fertile soil that explode and grow when thrown on the ground. Richmond VA's Backyard Farmer teaches kids how to make them and encourages them to have fun in their own backyard.

Guerrilla Gardening with Seed Bombs - UrbanFarmOnline.com

The Guerrilla Gardening Movement

The guerrilla-gardening movement has empowered urban farmers to green abandoned urban lots and other city spaces with covert gardening techniques. Learn how to create one of the simplest guerrilla-gardening methods that you can put to action right away: creating a seed bomb.


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Comments

Jude on December 12, 2015:

The mountain scene is of Grand Teton National Park and the picture is photoshopped. Please make sure people do not do SeedBombs in National Parks, forests or wilderness areas. Introducing non-native plants into an pristine area is not only illegal, but thoughtless, Many non-native plants are invasive and will destroy the natural environment. Always make sure you use only plant seeds native to your area.

Kim McCulley on April 04, 2015:

What a great idea. So where was the mountain/flower picture taken.

Stephen J Parkin from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada on March 18, 2015:

This is great fun and sure to appeal to kids who can have mud fights without getting into too much trouble. The yard will even be beautified later on!

Fay Favored from USA on March 17, 2015:

This would be a fun project to try this year. Didn't know it was this easy. Thanks. Pinning ...

Rachel L Alba from Every Day Cooking and Baking on February 21, 2015:

What a great idea to plant wild flowers. I have thrown wild flower seeds in a field near my house but nothing ever came of them. I think I will give the seed bombs a try in the spring. Thanks so much for this hub.

I voted thumbs up awesome and interesting.

Blessings.

Faythe Payne (author) from USA on June 18, 2013:

Kashmirs56 thank you for your kind words

Thomas Silvia from Massachusetts on June 18, 2013:

Very interesting idea to seed bomb, not heard of this before so thanks for this great and interesting information within this well written article .

Vote up and more !!!

Faythe Payne (author) from USA on June 18, 2013:

moonlake thank you for the vote and pin..I appreciate it.

Faythe Payne (author) from USA on June 18, 2013:

Thelma Alberts ..they really are a lot of fun..and fun waiting and watching to see what comes up..

Faythe Payne (author) from USA on June 18, 2013:

Hi Pamela-anne..they will be great for your new garden..thank you for the vote

moonlake from America on June 18, 2013:

I have never heard of this but sounds like a good idea to me. Enjoyed your hub and videos. Voted up and pinned.

Thelma Alberts from Germany and Philippines on June 18, 2013:

Wow! This sounds interesting and fun. I have to try this next time I´m in my garden. Thanks for sharing. Awesome photo!Pinned.

Pamela-anne from Miller Lake on June 18, 2013:

This is such a fun and great idea I am going to try to make some for my new garden; I love you using planes to drop them in areas that are in much need of new growth. Keep up the great work Bombs Away! Voted Up!

Jill Spencer from United States on June 18, 2013:

Love this hub & am sharing it. Great job!

Faythe Payne (author) from USA on June 18, 2013:

@ My Cook Book..thank you

Faythe Payne (author) from USA on June 18, 2013:

thank you rose-the planner...a fun and really inexpensive way for the kids to learn about seed gardening.

Faythe Payne (author) from USA on June 18, 2013:

CrispSP thank you for the votes and more..creating the seed bombs is as much fun as tossing them...kids love it

Dil Vil from India on June 17, 2013:

Interesting hub, good one.

rose-the planner from Toronto, Ontario-Canada on June 17, 2013:

You learn something new everyday. This was so interesting and you offered an amazing step by step on making your own seed bombs. Thank you so much for sharing. (Voted Up) -Rose

CrisSp from Sky Is The Limit Adventure on June 17, 2013:

These are all new to me and thank you for sharing. Always good to learn new stuff...sounds very interesting with quite intriguing terms, i.e. seed bombing and guerrilla gardening. Sounds like fun!

Great images too. Enjoyed it. Thanks. Up++ and passing it along as this is perfect for the season.

Hawaiian Odysseus from Southeast Washington state on June 17, 2013:

What a great way to mix neighborhood seeding with family recreation! I love it! And the sense of empowerment, especially for children, when one is directly responsible for turning a dull meadow into a multi-colored glade! Thank you for sharing this, Faythe! Aloha, and have a great week!

Joe