Why do seed bombs not work properly?
We have all seen them on Pinterest – seed bombs that look gorgeous used as party favors and wedding favors! Ones you are supposed to randomly drop into woods like a form of environmental guerilla warfare! Well, why don’t they work properly? They kind of defy nature that is why!
Most of these “seed bomb instructions” have a step that damages the seeds. They suggest you mix the seeds in with the damp wet clay or paper. Wet seeds like to do one thing – germinate. And the next step is the killer you have to dry them out which stops germination in its tracks. Killing a baby seedling or stunting its chances of growth.
I wanted to find a way of making them that didn’t do this and gave the seed a better chance.
It took me a while and trial and error but I think I have cracked it.
How to make Seed Bombs that Actually Work
- Scrap paper
- A cake pop mold
- washi tape
- potting compost
- seeds – I suggest something hardy I made mine with peas and beans. I would also try herbs
- A large bowl
- a mixer/ blender
The How to Bit
- Gather your supplies together
- In the large bowl cut your paper into thin strips and soak with water. I would suggest leaving it overnight in water.
- Pulp the paper in a mixer/ blender. Mold the paper mush into the cake pop mold leaving the center empty for the seed later
- Dry out the Seed pods ( as I like to call them). You can do this naturally or leave them in a warm oven.
- When dry fill one of the pods with seed and a soil. Fill another one with the plain potting soil.
- Join together the seed and the plain pod with Washi Tape
- Print out your labels I have two one for Earth day and one that is plainer for other occasions
More Activities you can try on Earth day
Make Recycled Seed posts
You could try growing seedling in recycled seed pots – you can use old toilet rolls, egg cartons or old orange skins.
Collect the shells of free-range eggs in the fridge.
If you open my fridge door and see a load of eggshells in a bag you now know why! Tomato plants love eggs shells, you crush them up and fill the hole where you are planting your tomato plants with a couple of handfuls to give them a great start. Eggs shells are also good for putting around lettuce plants to stop slugs having a snack on them and are better for the environment than slug pellets.
Make Water systems using recycled bottles
Start a Compost Pile
I also add compost from our compost pile which I have been lovingly cultivating for the last couple of years. If you want to read more about composting check out my post here and there is even a free printable to download to help you remember.
You can recycle used Lolly sticks to make labels for your seedlings – The details on how we made them are HERE
If we are lucky in a few months we should have a crop of lovely vegetables.
And we can eat them knowing we reused, recycled and helped the earth a little. If you want to find out more about growing vegetables organically in a back garden click here.
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