Let’s Make DIY Seed Bombs | DIY Seed Balls
“Don’t judge each day by the harvest that you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” ~Robert Louis Stevenson
This post will help you make DIY Seed Bombs (DIY Seed Balls) to learn about seeds and make the world a more beautiful place. This simple DIY makes a great garden gift for friends and family any time of year, and I have FREE printable labels in the Seasonal Living Resource Library. The supplies needed are minimal, and the process is easy. So, read along and then follow along with this family-friendly DIY craft.
Seeds are Miracles Showing the Power of Diversity
Seeds are miracles. They can sit dormant through heat and cold for years, be placed in a hospitable environment, and flourish with all the certitude of a newly rising sun. As I write this, it is the time of year to start seeds for spring plants. While I am enthralled by their germination and sprouting, I am equally struck by their diversity. From the tiny dot of a broccoli seed to the striped triangle of a sunflower seed, to the spiked seed of Swiss chard, seeds are expressing their core self long before they grow into crops.
I wrote a guest post all about the beautiful, powerful and loving diversity of seeds for Take Them Outside. The actual post will be published the end of February and I’ll insert the specific hotlink at that time. Take The Outside is a website dedicated to getting families outdoors for the benefit of the natural world, each family member, and the human family. Right now, blogger Jenn Stolfa is offering a FREE 5-Day Mini-Course on Rewilding Your Family and I can’t recommend it enough!
I have another resource I want to recommend before diving into the how-to of this family-friendly DIY seed bomb project. If you are a gardener, make sure to check out my seed starting schedules in the Seasonal Living Resource Library. They’ll save you a lot of time, minimize guesswork, and keep your garden growing every month of the year! Use the sign-up form at the end of the post to get this and so many more FREEBIES to help create your seasonal life! You’ll gain instant access to the library and its ever-growing list of downloadables, printables, guides, videos, and eBooks.
How to make DIY Seed Bombs | DIY Seed Balls
I thought it would be fun if we made seed balls together to learn about seeds and help beautify the environment. Seed bombs are created by combining red clay, compost and a seed mixture into dry 1-inch balls. Once formed the bombs can be thrown into garden beds and forgotten natural places. Your seed balls will leave behind a small patch of flowers or vegetables to be enjoyed by people and wildlife. When selecting or creating your seed mix for this project, be sure to think about invasive species. Let’s not inadvertently spread unwanted, problem invasive when we are actually seeking to do good and bring beauty to the world. Click here to learn more.
DIY Seed Bomb Supplies
Here is a list of supplies you will need to make seed bombs that will beautify your property and other wild spaces this spring and summer:
- Red Clay Powder for Seed Balls
- All Purpose Compost
- Wildflower Seeds Mix or handcrafted vegetable seed mix
- Vinyl tablecloth or newspaper
DIY Seed Bomb Making Process
Combine the ingredients by these measures on top of your vinyl covered workspace:
5 cups red clay
3 cups dry organic compost
1 cup seed mix (see below for recommendations)
1 Cup water (with an additional cup set side for amending the mix)
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Measure your ingredients. Since I used a pre-made seed mix, I used 1.5 cups of seed mix. The seed mixes have a neutral media that suspends the seed.
Mix the dry ingredients together. Make a well in the center of the mixture. Pour in the first cup of water. Stir together by slowly pulling the dry ingredients into the water with your fingertips. I added a full second cup of water at this point and then I began needing the ingredients, like making bread.
Form into 1 inch balls. Set someplace to dry and form for 24 hours. I used a baking sheet and set it on the dining room table overnight.
A Word About Seed Mixes
Your best bet is to buy a pre-made mix of wildflowers for your seed bombs. This will be the cheapest and easiest way to get a good mix of seeds that are more likely to germinate and grow. These mixes are also fun because there is a wide range of diversity in the types of seeds in the mix. You might even want to take some time to see if you can identify any of these seeds. Sunflower seeds are easy to identify, as are calendula seeds.
Note: these pre-made mixes have a neutral media to hold the seeds so you can measure up to 2 cups of this mix for your batch of seed bombs. That’s what I did.
If you want a bit more of a challenge in your seed bomb endeavors, you can make vegetable mixes. Below are seasonal mixes that you can create for best germination in a specific time of year. The mixes include small seeds. Larger seeds like peas will break the seeds bombs as they dry.
Spring and Fall: kale, broccoli, collards, mustard, arugula, cabbage, and radishes. You will notice these seeds all look alike.
Summer: Swiss chard, beets, tomato, and lettuce. These are very different kinds of seeds.
Throwing and Gifting Your Seed Bombs!
These adorable labels are in the resource library for free!
Print them, wrap them, gift them.
Here are the best ways to throw those bombs of beauty while respecting your neighbor’s property:
- Throw them into an untended part of your own yard. This way you can make sure the area gets enough water, and you can watch the seeds grow into plants in a more wild and natural way than your garden.
- Gift them to friends and neighbors with a little-handwritten note explaining what they are and how to use them. Remeber, there are printable labels in the Seasonal Living Resource Library. They are beautiful, informative and personal. Simply sign-up, get instant access to the password, download, and print!
- Take a walk in your local park and launch away! The plants may get mowed, but they will provide food and shelter for birds and other critters over time.
When you make your bombs, send us pictures, and leave notes below about how they turned out.
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