How to Make Wildflower Seed Bombs

    Making seed bombs is a super approachable way to get a garden growing

One nature craft that kids (and adults) adore is making wildflower seeds bombs. It could be that kids like the guerilla gardener appeal mixed with the mess factor, and parents are drawn to the organic nature of the craft. Either way, seed bombs are a unique way to scatter flower seeds into barren, neglected soil or into garden nooks needing a floriferous surprise.

The best time to make seed bombs is in the spring or fall when the rain will be your ally. And the best seeds to try are California poppies, cosmos, or wildflower blends native to your area.

Here are the steps:

Start by adding equal parts clay and sifted compost or potting soil to a large bowl. Compost provides the nutrients and holds moisture, while the clay serves as the binder. The exact ratio of clay to compost isn’t totally critical as long as the balls form well in the end. You can experiment using air dry clay or powder clay. (Tip: mix the powder type outside to keep the dust factor down.)

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Thoroughly mix the clay and compost together, gradually adding teaspoons of water as needed to make the mixture workable and hold together nicely. If the consistency is too sticky, add more compost; if too crumbly, add a bit more water.

Pinch off a quarter-sized worth of mixture from your clump, flatten slightly, and then make a taco shape. Now sprinkle a few seeds down the middle, carefully close up the taco, and gently roll the mixture between your palms as if making chocolate truffles or mini meatballs.

Spread out your collection on a tray and air dry for at least 3 hours or until the batch is evenly lighter in color. After this drying time you are ready to take them outside and drop them in the dirt, no further steps required.

Seed bombs make for a lovely gift, too. They might not look gorgeous in this form, but think of the floral love they’ll eventually spread.