Frequently Asked Questions
We ship on every workday (Monday - Friday) at about 4pm. All orders that are made before 3pm on a workday are dispatched on the same day. All orders made over the weekend are shipped on the next workday. All orders are shipped with DHL and are mostly shipped as tracked parcels. The transit time for different countries is as follows:
- United Kingdom: 3 - 4 days
- Germany: 1 - 2 days
- Austria: 2 - 3 days
- Switzerland: 5 - 6 days
- France: 3 - 4 days
- Netherlands: 2 - 3 days
- Belgium: 2 - 3 days
- Poland: 3 - 4 days
- Denmark: 3 - 4 days
- Vanuatu: 7 - 10 days
To get the average transit time for another country please follow this link.
The shipping costs depend on the weight of your order. You can find the total weight of your current basket on the basket overview(right in the headline). To give you an idea of the weight of our products: One bag of seedbombs is 180 gram, each seedling weighs 50 gram and a wooden crate gives the postman 3.5 kilogram to carry. The prices for different weights and shipping countries are as follows:
Shipping inside the European Union:
- 1 kg = 3.45€
- 1 - 3 kg = 12.05€
- 3 - 5 kg = 13.65€
- 5 - 10 kg = 17.65€
- 10 - 20 kg = 25.65€
- More than 20kg = 34.85€
Shipping outside the European Union:
- 1 kg = 3.95€
- 1 -3 kg = 14.75€
- 3 - 5 kg = 18.15€
- 5 - 10 kg = 26.65€
- 10 - 20 kg = 43.65€
- More than 20kg = 63.20€
Shipping inside Germany:
- 1 kg = 3.22€
- 1 -3 kg = 3.47€
- 3 - 5 kg = 3.92€
- 5 - 10 kg = 4.92€
- 10 - 20 kg = 5.92€
- More than 20kg = 6.92€
Most important: Our whole website runs under https so all data that is send back and forth between your computer and our server is SSL encrypted. Also we do not store any credit card data or bank account information. We offer the following payment methods in our shop:
- PayPal Express
- Credit Card (via PayPal Standard)
- Bank Transfer
We do not ship orders until the payment is received (this really only applies to bank transfer payment). Our bank data is:
Account Holder: Derk Niemeijer
If you want to offer us a barter deal instead feel free to contact us with a proposal. We love tasty, home-made cakes...
We started out doing everything by hand. Mixing clay, soil, water and seeds for our seed bombs in a dough-bowl, measuring the correct amount of the ingrdients with a kitchen scale and rolling each seed bomb with our bare hands. And actually not much changed since then. Only that the kitchen scale now is a bathroom scale and the dough-bowl a cement mixer. So things got bigger but the process is still very manual with each seed bomb going through our hands multiple times.
Did I say our hands? Well, not always. Since 2014 we are working together with both a local workshop for handicapped people (Lebenshilfe) and a jail for producing our articles. So at this moment we make about 70% of the products ourselves and 30% is made by handicapped people and inmates under our guidance. Still, all our products are made in Germany.
Our most important suppliers are:
- "Saatzucht Bardowick" (seeds)
- "Volmary" (seeds)
- "Zick Productions" (cotton bags)
- IVD (packaging)
Please let us know if you have any questions regarding how our products are made or which materials went into them.
Our products' storage life is mainly restricted by the seeds the contain. All our products should be stored in a dry and dark environment. However, if you leave them in their packaging, in case of the seed bombs for example the linen bags, and put them on a shelf in your living quarters that will be just fine. If stored adequately our products can easily be used 12 months after purchase. Only after that are the seeds slowly getting less likely to germinate.
For all our products that contain seeds the general rules of gardening apply. That means that even though our products are extremely easy to use they still need water and sunlight. So if you throw a seed bomb please do so on a rainy summer day or at least when the weather forecast shows some drops within the next 2-3 days. Otherwise they will bake in the sun and get too hard to sprout. Also please do not stick a seedling in an already abundantly vegetated hayfield as it would never see the sun and therefore lead a miserably short and colourless life in the shade.
You want to have 60 loose seed bombs as a wedding gift? You would like to crop the Wembley Stadium and need some 200 seedlings for that? No problem! Please just get in touch with us if you want unpacked products, need a special price for a larger quantity, want seed bombs with a custom mixture of seeds or anything else "out of the ordinary". Also make sure to visit our special pages if you are a retailer or in need of ecological promotional gifts.
Growing plants or food on land that doesn't belong to you has a long history in European protest movements. Take for example the Diggers, a group of English socialists that, around 1650, started farming on the land of the aristocracy stating that the land belongs to the people. From there we have come a long way but Guerilla Gardening is still illegal in most places. So generally it is as simple as this: You are not allowed to sow anything on public land.
However, typically this is not enforced. In reality residents cheer you, passers-by enjoy the colourful spots and the police drives by looking the other side. So as long as you are obviously not destroying public land by for example pulling out plants that the city put there on purpose you should be fine.
To make sure you are on the safe site you could apply to lease a public spot on your city. Many European cities found that it is cheaper to give away municipal land to urban gardeners than to employ their own gardeners and are thus granting them long-term rights to care for some spots. Some cities, like for example Vienna, even give some money to community garden projects.
We ♥ plants