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DIY- How to Make a Seed Bomb ("Green Grenades")

Seed bombs are small balls of clay, compost/soil, and seeds that you can easily plant (or even toss) into your yard for some pretty flowers. These are great gifts for spring - Easter, Mother's Day, birthdays, or "just because." They're also a wonderful two-fold activity for kids. First, you can make the bombs and then, later, your children can have their own little patch of yard or even a pot to grow them. Another use for these, and this is what they were actually created for in the first place, is to create pretty and natural spaces in vacant lots. Just carry a few with you wherever you walk and toss one or two into that abandoned yard.

One point to remember is that you should choose seeds that are native to your area. First, they will grow better with little or no care. Second, they will be appropriate for the birds and insects in your area. Introducing new plant species can be hazardous to the ecosystem in the long run, so make sure you check online or with your local parks service to make sure the plants you choose won't do any harm. Many times, park systems even have native plant seeds available for free or a nominal fee.

You will need:

1/2 c. mixed seeds
3/4 c. compost or garden soil
1 1/4 c. powdered clay (red or brown)**


1. Either cover your work surface and the floor with lots of newspaper, or work outdoors. Wear old clothes and be ready to get a little dirty. Don't worry - it'll ALL wash off!

2. Mix the seeds with the compost. Gently stir in the powdered clay. Be careful not to mix the powdered clay to quickly because, while it's just clay, you don't want to breathe it in. (The clay isn't toxic, but your lungs don't need all that dirt in there!)

3. Add the water so the mixture is just moist enough to form into balls about 1" in diameter, or the size of a walnut.

**Don't use too much water. You run the risk of soaking the seeds too much and either starting them growing or rotting them. Using too little water, on the other hand, can lead to the balls crumbling apart. Try to get a consistency like play dough.

4. Set the balls about 1/2" apart on newspaper-lined baking sheets to dry. Depending on the humidity, it should take about 24 to 48 hours. You want to make sure they're completely dry all the way through before storing or giving.

If you're storing the seeds for your own garden, put them in a paper bag in a dry, cool, dark place. If you plan to give them away, there are tons of ways to make the gift look great. Here are a few ideas:

•Recycle some old shirts by sewing simple cloth bags and tying with a pretty ribbon.

•Create a gift basket by putting some Terra cotta pots, a bag of soil, homemade garden markers and seed bombs into a basket.

•Have your kids decorate a small box with paint, stickers, or cut paper of the flowers that the seed bombs will grow.

• Put the bombs into an old candy box!

• Try adding some pretty recycled paper into the muddy mixture for some color.

•Press the seeded clay into silicone candy molds for heart-, flower-, etc. shaped bombs

The possibilities are endless! Don't forget to include a list of the seeds included in the bombs and instructions.

**If you do not have access to the clay powder, try using air-dry clay. Here is what you will do if you use this option.

Clay from your area if available or if clay unavailable in your area you can use crayola air dry clay and is found in walmart for about $5.00 (used to protect the seeds from insects, birds, etc. that might eat them)

Water (For forming clay, do not water seed bomb when finished)

Seeds native to your area
(Check with your local Nature Conservancy or your state's department
of natural resources for which seeds/plants are native to your area)

( buy seed mixtures of native flowers and plants. Not only will they grow well, they will not crowd out other plants,  disrupt bird and insect populations, or do other environmental damage)

Compost or worm castings

Yogurt container top or any large flat surface

For the dried red clay mix 5 parts clay with 1 part compost and 1 part flower seeds, put some careful drops of water into the mixture(make sure not to make it into a goopy sloppy mess!), Knead with hands into a ball, flatten it out and cut to desired size. Now just make into a small ball and let it dry in the sun. Now you have a red clay seed bomb.

Here is a website where you can watch step-by-step through photos, seed bombs being made.