Seed Bombs: Saving the Earth One Flower at a Time

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Hmmm… Earth Day is a few days away… Mother’s Day is coming, Oh and let’s not forget the end of the school year is fast approaching! A teacher might like a little thank you gift that keeps on giving…

What on earth is a seed bomb? Well to describe them, they are clever little balls of clay, dirt, and seeds that you can make and share as gifts. Kids will love making and using these because it involves getting their hands busy in the wonderful cool clay and dirt, and ‘bombing’. Truth be known, I had a great time getting my hands dirty and squishing the cool concoction between my fingers. It was like I was 5 again. Love it!.

Wikipedia’s gives a bit more insight as to what they are used for:
Seed bombing or aerial reforestation is a technique of introducing vegetation to land by throwing or dropping compressed bundles of soil containing live vegetation (seed balls). Often, seed bombing projects are done with arid or off-limits (for example, privately-owned) land.

That’ a mouthful. Really these are an ingenious way of helping out the environment. They have been around for a while and have been used with great success in other countries to help plant native grasses and flowers along a vast expanse of land. Here in the US, there is a movement that’s started to help beautify your surroundings -perhaps even in a covert way. For a better grasp of what I mean, I will refer to They ‘encourage gardening without boundaries… and seek to provide inspiration through an exchange of ideas and experiences from guerrilla gardeners around the world and those seeking to become one.’
“Brilliant!,” I thought to myself. “I’m in!”

…Now I am not endorsing breaking any laws here or trespassing, but the thought of making a vacant lot or abandoned eyesore of a building a little brighter and more cheerful, really intrigues me. I think what someone could quietly and anonymously do is go through town and scatter these little seed bombs, let Mother Nature do her part and wait to see what happens. Kinda naughty? Well perhaps a little. It’s sort of fun to think that being a bit sneaky -by the moon’s light- one could drop, sling, fling, punt or shoot via sling shot into a vacant field or abandoned lot, these little balls full of life. Then with a bit of spring rain and a little time -FLOWERS! But really, what harm can come of it as long as seeds that you use are native to your area.

Seed Bombs

You’ll need:
Packs of wild flowers
Air dry red clay
Gardening dirt

These are super easy to make, but are a bit messy so be sure to make these outside. All you need is a small container of red clay, the air dry stuff works best and is so cheap at Wal-Mart. To this I added dirt from the garden. Yup, regular dirt. I did relocate a few worms, but that is the fun of it! I mixed together about 4 parts clay to 1 part dirt, but this was not exact. You do not have to be exact here, we are not baking a cake. Then I took about 10 packs of various wildflower seeds that are native to my area and added only enough water to get everything workable. I believe I only used a bit less than 2 cups water. Then the fun, I mixed and squished and mixed some more until everything was the consistency of thick cookie dough, not too sticky. That was my favorite part!! Then roll these into the desired size. I made them smaller than a ping pong ball and it made about 5 dozen. Then set them on a tray until completely dry. Depending on where you live and your humidity levels, it could take a couple of days. Then package up and give away.

There should be instructions included, something fun and clever explaining what these funny little things are. Somethign like: “Fling me into the wild blue yonder where I will be sure to land on ground that is in need of beauty and color, like a vacant field or abandoned lot. Or plant in a sunny location and water regularly.”

Now when I was all done with this little project, and began to clean up, I passed by the spinach patch I realized that it did NOT have to be just flowers. Think about it -lettuce and spinach and kale! All of these grow well and quick. Deer and other woodland creatures will love this as a treat.

Oh and a side note. After I had finished and hours had passed, my dear Hubby saw a plateful of little round, brown nuggets. He thought they were cake balls and was reaching his hand out to grab one while asking what sort of cake they were. “STOP!!!” I yelled, “don’t eat those! They are dirt!” The craziest look came over him. I then explained and we both just giggled, but oh how we would NOT have been laughing had he got a mouthful of those. Well, I would have laughed… and laughed. And I am actually giggling right now writing this.

Anyways, try them out with your family. Then let us know what you think and how much fun you had dispersing these around town. Maybe take some pictures when your eco-friendly works of art start to appear this summer! Happy Earth Day!

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  1. This is a very cool idea!!! I think I will try this!!! The grandkids will love to get dirty and help that way too I am sure!!

    • Thanks Dawn, I bet your grandkids would love it!

  2. What a wonderful post. My son and I are going to make these for his classmates for their Earth day celebration. :)

  3. What a great post! My son and I are going to make these for his classmates for their Earth day celebration. Thanks for sharing :)

    • Thanks for stopping by! Let us know how yours turn out!

  4. I really love this idea. Here in GR there are a lot of scraggly patched of dirt in medians, by abandoned houses, between sidewalks and the road, etc. It would be a fun project to just plop a few of these down and see what happens. Great post!

    • Thank you! That seems like the perfect place to beautify – I hate those ugly medians, didn’t even think about that, great idea!

  5. I love this! Actually, I just planted flower seeds with my kids yesterday. We went to the store, and each child selected a couple of their own packets. This would be a great extension of that activity. We have lots of areas around here that could use so natural beautifying.

    These would be great gifts too. (I’m sure you already thought of that though.)

    Visiting from The Somewhat Simple Linky Party, hope you’ll stop by my blog too. :)

    Thanks for sharing,

    • Hi again, thanks for visiting!… Mel is very much on the same page with home renovations, they re-sided and painted the whole outside of their 2-story house last summer by themselves, and she’s constantly doing little projects. And, yup she’s sending these seed bombs out to neighbors and friends this weekend. Happy Earth Day!

  6. What a great idea and I love any chance to get my hands in the dirt. Thanks so much for sharing on Tout It Tuesday.

    • Hi Kristina, I think my mom would agree with you, when it comes to getting her hands dirty. She loves her garden, and just keeping up the whole yard in general! Thanks for stopping by, hope you’ll continue to follow us!

  7. This is so cool! My family and I are big seed swap people. Sometimes I’ll get plants going in peat pots to give to people… got some right now actually.. but this would be a great way to seed swap and such a great learning experience for the kids!! I absolutly have to do this.. thanks for the great idea!

    • Wow, seed swapping and plant swapping is so awesome. Thanks for posting, we hope you and your kids will like making these! Let us know how they turn out for you!

  8. that is a good idea! stopping by from FUN FRIDAYS!

    • Thanks, and thanks for stopping by, hope you’ll continue to follow us!

  9. What a great Earth Day Post! The Seed Bombs are a great idea that I will be trying, it looks like a lot of fun. Hope you are having a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

    • Thank you, and thanks for hosting! We’ll try to be back everyweek provided we are on the ball… Hope you had a great Earth Day!

  10. This is such a neat idea!

    • Thanks!

  11. Gotta share this! What a fun gift for kids to make!

  12. these look like fun and I think the randomness of tossing them into my own garden would be so much more fun than rows of beds…

    • Hi Christine, yeah you can throw them into your own garden, but I’m afraid if you just simply plant the hard clay bomb it won’t open up, so you will probably want to make sure that you ‘bomb’ them so the ball breaks open and exposes all of the seeds. But who knows, maybe it would work, let us know what happens!

  13. What a great ieda! and I’m cracking up at your husband trying to eat them! That’s somethng my husband would do! lol

    Thanks for linking up, I featured your post in my wrap up
    Have a great rest of the weekend!

    • Thanks so much for the feature! Hope you’ve had a great weekend!

  14. I love this idea! What is the brand of red clay? We couldn’t find it at our Walmart

    • You know I’m not sure, it should be in the garden section… I’ll see if I can’t get my mom back on here to answer that for you.

      • I found the Crayola Air Dry Clay in the art/school supplies. Although our Wal Mart only had the gray so our seed bombs look more like that cookies ‘n cream dessert! lol! Even so, my daughter & I had fun making these for Mother’s Day gifts. Thanks for the idea!

        • Oh awesome, thanks for letting us know where you found it! Glad you had fun making them!

  15. These look great!! I bought some from a magazine once, and they didn’t work–so I am going to make my own!!


    • Hi! I hope making your own works out, if you’re using good seeds and the bombs are broken so the seeds reach water, dirt, and sunlight they should work… let us know how yours turn out!

  16. Awesome! I was just mentioning seed bombs to my mom the other day! I’m going to pin this so I don’t forget again! Found you via Sumo’s Sweet Stuff :)

    • Hi Amber, thanks for pinning this, we’re also on come follow us!

  17. What a fabulous idea! Looks like you had lots of fun too!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  18. This is “seed dispersal” (said in my mama’s sing songy voice that she used as we tossed various seeds into the air when we were young!) at its finest!!!

    Here is my Made With Love Monday link-up:

  19. This is an amazing idea! pinning:)

    • Thank you, and thanks for the pin! Hope you’ll continue to follow us here or on pinterest too!

  20. These are great! Looks like you got lots of other fun stuff, too. Stopping by from Serendipity’s Manic Monday party.


    • Thanks Jessica! Yeah we’re starting to fill out our blog with a lot of other stuff, hope you’ll continue to follow us!

  21. Now I think this is an awesome idea. Thanks for sharing this great idea with us at The Sunday Round Up.

  22. Definitely will be doing this with the girls! Love it! I posted this on my facebook page to share with everyone!

    • Awesome, thank you! Let us know how yours turn out!

  23. What a fun activity, and great for Earth Day! Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!

  24. Hello Melody,
    This is a great DIY gift, Love It! I just pinned it to my Pinterst board. Thanks for sharing.
    Smiles, Paula

  25. I love this idea. What a fun and only slightly naughty way to be good to the earth. Have you seen the moss graffiti? It’s kinda like this, but with a lot more work, so I think seed bombing is much more up my alley. Thanks for the idea!

  26. Thanks for sharing on Tout It Tousday!

  27. I am a farmer’s wife and I worry that this could cause an epidemic of weeds growing and taking over native plants. A weed is anything that is growing where it should not be growing. Throwing random seeds into vacant lots and medians could spread noxious weeds, much like the weeds from seed pods that have been introduced into areas because of decorative wreaths that have been thrown away.

  28. Love this..I placed this idea on my website..and of course linking back here..for the directions..thank you.

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