What is a Native Irish Seed Bomb?
Firstly, what is a seed bomb?
Before we look at what makes a seed bomb a native Irish seed bomb, we need to know what a seed bomb is in the first place. To put it simply, seed bombs are small balls comprised of seeds that are stuck together with materials such as clay and bits of mud and compost. They are used to grow plants in areas where it may be hard to grow them in a conventional way such as planting an allotment. They are then chucked into the air so that plants are more spread out and have a much larger area to grow.
The reason they are made up of balls of clay, is that on their own, the seeds would be too light to stay in one place once they had landed on the ground; the clay adds a bit of density and weight to the balls, causing them to stay in one place.
So, what makes a seed bomb a native Irish seed bomb?
Although they look and feel exactly the same as a normal seed bomb, an Irish seed bomb is slightly different…
Irish seed bombs have some extra ingredients thrown into the mix: herbs and spices. You see, these seed bombs are utilised in areas with large populations of birds and insects such as bees, moths, and butterflies. The herbs and spices within the seed bombs discourage the wildlife from penetrating the seed bombs while they are still germinating and growing.
The seed bombs themselves contains various species of wildflower which benefit the local ecosystem. The insects help to pollinate the area and grow even more plants, creating a self-sustained cycle that can revitalise an area where wildlife had started to decay. These are especially useful in areas affected by extreme weather such as drought or flooding, as they can help fertilise the soil around them.
The best thing about these seed bombs is that they require next-to-no upkeep or manual labour. Once initially thrown/planted, the seed bombs are able to support themselves without any additional help from humans!
Well now you know exactly what a native Irish seed bomb is, you can go out and help your local wildlife, by tossing some seed bombs into an area that you feel needs some rejuvenation…
How Do Seed Bombs Benefit Our Bees?
As Albert Einstein once said, “If the bee disappeared off the face of the Earth, man would only have four years left to live.”. Now even though the bee is not on the brink of becoming extinct any time soon (hopefully), it is our collective responsibility to help our living world, and this of course includes the bees. So, what can we do to help them? Well one way we can help the bees is by planting seed bombs…
What makes the seed bombs so beneficial to our bees?
The main reason why seed bombs are great aids to the bee community are due to the herbal ingredients used withing the seed bombs. When the bees extract the pollen from the wildflowers, they also take up small amounts of these herbal ingredients. These ingredients act as natural deterrents to any harmful insects and micro-organisms that can affect the bee population. However, these herbal ingredients do not negatively affect the process of the bees taking the pollen back to their hives. In fact, it only benefits this process, allowing larvae and baby bees to mature better.
Why should we maintain the bee population?
The main reason why bees are so vital to humans is because they are natural pollinators. This means that when they extract pollen from flowers to carry back to their hives, bits of pollen are scattered in the air and help with the process of plant reproduction. This is especially important when it comes to agriculture and growing food. Almost 80% of food grown in the UK is aided by pollination as a by-product of bees carrying out this task. This means that bees are crucial to keeping the UK food secure. If bee numbers started to decline rapidly, farmers would have to find ways to pollinate their crops on a large scale which would take a lot of time and money. This could have a detrimental effect on the UK, and world, economy.
Secondary impacts that seed bombs have on bees
Continuing decline in the bee population can be attributed to many things but some of the main reasons include loss of habitat and climate change; both of which can be combatted by planting seed bombs. Planting flowers reintroduces bee habitats and they act as a carbon sink to help mitigate the effects of climate change. Another reason that the bee population is declining, is that some pesticides and insecticides that are used on plant-life are extremely harmful to bees. However, the majority of seed bombs are made of natural ingredients that won’t have these effects and will still be able to grow to their full potential without being hacked at by insects.