Seed bombs - also known as seed balls - are little balls of seeds, soil and clay. Just add water and sunlight and they burst into life! Some grow sunflowers. Others grow herbs and spices. Some grow the perfect combination of wild flowers to encourage bumblebees or butterflies. There are eight varieties in total, and we're proud of each one!
Watch our seed bombs grow:
How are the seed bombs produced?
Every single seed bomb is carefully crafted by hand. The majority of the balls is rolled by ourselves. However, when demand rises quicker than our hands could roll we get help from a local shelterd workshop and a nearby prison. The first step is always to sieve the soil to get rid of even the tiniest of branches or stones.Thereafter we add clay, seeds and water and put it all in a large mixer. Out comes a sticky and wet mass that is then divided into equally large chunks and rolled into roughly 2.5cm diameter sized seed bombs. After drying them the seed bombs are rock-hard and ready for action for more than two years.
Seed bombs - what's this about?
Seed bombs are walnut-sized balls made from ecologically sourced seeds, soil and clay. This special mix means that there's no need to plant them - seed bombs can be dropped, thrown, rolled or slingshotted anywhere. The next rain will activate the seeds inside and allow them to grow.
There are many stories of the origins of these little life-givers. Some believe they started with the ancient Egyptians, who flung them into the muddy plains of the River Nile. Others believe the technique was designed by Japanese scientists to protect seeds from hungry birds and insects.
We know seed bombs best from their use in the 1970s. Urban families would cast them around their cities and towns to protest the ever-expanding concrete jungles they lived in. The Increased vegetation would help decrease air pollution, encourage native wildlife, and provide a healthy, local food source.
Today, we use seed bombs for many of the same reasons. Too often, we read news of falling butterfly and bee populations, and we want to help replant the wildlife that helps these wonderful little pollinators grow and thrive. Also, we have a tonne of fun finding the most imaginative place for an impromptu garden.