This post was originally published on June 20, 2014, but in honor of #FPEarthMonth, we just had to share again!
There’s nothing quite like the sight of a lush field of wildflowers. This was my favorite thing to look for on long road trips when I was growing up. I’d stare out the window as the car moved, hoping to catch a patch of openness where the sun was shining down, giving life to the brightly colored petals. Now when I see this, I don’t think twice before stopping the car to go dance with the stems swaying in the wind.
I still have the same feeling towards wildflowers, and I love that we always have some laying around our desks — fresh or dry — to use as picture props. When I heard about seed bombs, I couldn’t wait to make some. These little balls of life are meant to help build ecosystems, and if you aren’t quite the green-thumb, this just might be the easiest way ever to grow a field of flowers. From an empty lot, to your own backyard, flowers will begin to grow wherever you throw your seed bomb. I like the idea of doing this in a vacant grassy field. These also make awesome gifts for friends and loved ones!
What you need:
Air Dry Clay
For my seed bombs, I used three packs of wildflower seeds. You can purchase these at any home & garden store.
The trick here is to make a mixture that is one part soil, one part seeds, and three parts clay.
Add in the soil next over the seeds.
Fold the three parts clay into the soil and seeds. Add in a little bit of water to soften up the clay and to help combine the mixture.
Once everything is well combined, start taking pieces of your mixture and rolling it into little balls. The air dry clay will take a couple days to harden. Once they are dry, pick a spot to start flower bombing! Wherever it lands, the hard clay will protect the seeds from being washed away from rain or picked up by critters. The clay will hold in water, helping to germinate the seeds, which the soil inside the ball will help to grow!
Seed bombs can make for great wedding favors too. I love the way a piece of burlap looks wrapped around them with a little dried flower tucked in the center. These look so cute placed around a table!
Have fun spreading the seed love :)
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