Looking for a fun after-school or rainy day activity? How about creating some DIY planting projectiles, otherwise known as seed bombs. Your kids can learn about growing wildflowers, choose which colors they want to see blooming in the garden, plus, they make great end-of-year gifts for teachers, coaches and friends!
Gather up your materials:
- A bunch of small seeds
- Several pieces of colored paper, non-glossy flyers and newspaper from your recycling bin, torn into small pieces
- A blender or hand-held immersion blender
- A silicone mold or your own hands
- 2 cups of warm water
- Some mixing bowls
- A strainer
A few simple steps:
• Place the pieces of paper into the blender, add the water, wait a few minutes for the paper to soften and then blend until mushy.
• Put a strainer over a medium bowl, and pour your water and paper mixture in. Let it sit for a few minutes until the water drains out of the pulp.
• Take a handful of pulp, add about a dozen seeds, mixing them together and squeezing out as much water as possible. Form into a compact ball, and repeat this process until all your pulp is done. If you like, get creative with the shapes of your seed bombs.
• Absorb any excess water with a paper towel or rag – this prevents the seeds from germinating too soon.
• After a day or two, your seed bombs will be dry enough to plant or package with a piece of fabric or in a small jar.
• Place or plant your seed bombs anywhere your garden needs a pop of color – among exposed tree roots or along a path – and then wait for the magic to happen! Before you know it, you’ll be rewarded with gorgeous wildflowers.
You can also make seed bombs by mixing up about a quarter-cup of dry, finely ground natural clay, ¾ cup of dry compost or manure, and about 1/3 cup of assorted seeds. Mix everything; mist enough water to let mixture bind together.
Send us photos of your seed bombs and the flowers they produced!