Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Homemade Holidays: Seed Bombs (with label download)

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A perfect gift for anyone from your favorite green thumb to your most gardening averse friends; Seed balls, or seed bombs, a little earthen truffle, are perfect treats for anyone who appreciates a beautiful flower.

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Equal parts seeds, dried clay, and compost these simple little seed bombs get thrown on the ground wherever a flower should grow - nature does all the work. A little dew, a little rain, some sunshine and there you go - wildflowers, or herbs, or grasses, or any other seeds for that matter!

Seed Bombs

You'll Need:

Dried Clay (Got mine at the local health food store - bonus now I have face masks too!)
Compost (I like mushroom compost - easily available at a garden center)
Seeds (I did a wildflower mix but you could certainly do herbs if you like. With hard seeds you may need to "nick" the surface so check the seed packet before you start!)
Water
Bucket
Tray or lined surface

Instructions:

In your bucket mix equal parts compost, dried clay and seeds.

Now you'll need to moisten the mix. If you happen to have a spray bottle feel free to use that. I just splash some water in the bucket until the mix is moist but just barely - so it holds together but isn't soaked.

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Grab a small handful of the seed mix and roll/smash into a ball - the finished balls/pods should be about 1/2" to maybe 3/4" in diameter.

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Seriously, squeeze the crud out of it - it will stick together and form a ball, promise.

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Set somewhere to dry - in the sun if you can - for a few days until nice and dry. Then package, label, and give!

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To make it even easier I've made some labels for the giving - just print, cut apart, attach as you like or slip in a bag. Feel free to download them, pass them on, or use for your giving! Click here or on the image below to download.

Enjoy - and happy homemade holiday seed bomb making/gifting!

10 comments:

Krystal said...

what a perfect idea for some people :)

Allison said...

I love this idea! I could definitely give these to people... :)

Elizabeth said...

These are awesome! I need to go on a seed bombing mission here in Brooklyn. Thanks for demystifying the process.

Ashley said...

Oh, this is the post where I noticed the coneflowers. :)

My friend Jenny in Columbus once wrote about seed bombs. I believe she not only tosses them but shoots them from some gun she's fashioned. She's a major gardender, including community & justice gardens.

Jenny: http://softletters.blogspot.com/

safdar ali said...

this is so nice idea. so simply explained with best tutorial.

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Victoria said...

Hi! I am having trouble finding dried clay! Any tips for me? Thank you!

Tricia said...

Hi Victoria - I was able to find mine at a natural health type store but I have seen it in the cosmetics section at big-box type stores as well. If that doesn't work you can also try online: http://www.amazon.com/Aztec-Secret-Indian-Healing-Clay/dp/B0014P8L9W/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1337109592&sr=8-1

Anonymous said...

These are so cool! What sort of "shelf life" do they have? I imagine once they dry out they get a bit crumbly. I think these would be a very neat wedding favor.

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