How to make your own seed bombs

How to Make Your Own Homemade Seed Bombs or Seed Balls

How to Make Your Own Homemade Seed Bombs

So, you want to spice up either your garden or some land you’ve acquired with some gorgeous plants, but you don’t want to spend excessive amounts of money on pre-made seed bombs. Well then prepare for a bit of DIY as we explore how to make your own homemade seed bombs…

Gathering the right supplies for the seed bombs

There are only a few ingredients needed for the seed bombs themselves: seeds (that’s a no-brainer), compost, and powdered clay. In terms of the seeds, most species of wildflower will do just fine, but meadow flower seeds are recommended. Make sure the compost is peat free as otherwise the moisture within the seed bombs will be lost over time. Powdered clay is pretty easy to come by and can be found in most arts and crafts stores.

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Now its time to get handy.

Step 1:

Grab a medium-sized bowl and put in the ingredients in these exact proportions: 1 cup of whatever type of seed you picked out, with 5 cups of compost and 2-3 cups of clay powder. If you don’t follow these guidelines you seed balls may not hold their shape or may not see any growth.

Step 2:

Begin adding small cups of water, simultaneously mixing the bowl with our hands so that the ingredients begin to form into a homogenous clump of sludge. This process is very similar to baking a cake!

Step 3:

When the mixture gets to the stage where it can be firmly moulded and hold its shape, then take it out of the bowl and place it on a work surface. Separate the mixture into small pieces and roll them up into balls about 1 inch thick.

Step 4:

Repeat this process if needed. Depending on how big or small you rolled out your seed balls, you may need more to cover the area you wish. If so, use the exact same measurements as the first time. It doesn’t really matter if you end up having some left over; “The more the merrier!” as they say.

Step 5:

Once you’ve completed crafting your seed bombs, leave them in a warm, dry area for 24 hours so that the clay can fully solidify and dry out. A south facing window is usually the best spot, but anywhere with ample sunlight should do the trick.

What if you want diversity within your flowerbed?

You can always experiment with using different seeds in different batches and then mixing them together when it comes to finally planting them. Or you can mix them up from the very start, having an array of species in a single seed bomb.

Now it’s time to plant!

After finally finishing the assembly on your little creations, all that’s left to do now is to compose your beautiful backyard allotment! This is arguably the best part about homemade seed bombs, as you feel very accomplished knowing that when the flowers have fully grown in a couple months’ time, you made that display from scratch all by yourself!

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