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Happy GIY Wednesday everyone!
We’ve got another project for you! Ever thought of seed bombing or guerilla gardening? A Seed Bomb (or Green Grenade) is designed to enable seeds to be sown in a hard to reach places, like an empty lot, a thruway exit ramp or a neglected ally. Seed bombing is a great way to contribute to the community by way of a spontaneous floral attack. A little bag of homemade Seed Bombs makes for a wonderful gift that lives on, year after year. I keep some in my car at all times now, in case I stumble across a place that I feel could use a little floral loving. There are several ways of building Seed Bombs, from simple to very complex. Here is a step-by-step, easy way to make your own Seed Bombs at home with 100% recycled paper.
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Seed Bombs (Yields approx. 100 Seed Bombs)
You will need:
40 grams of perennial wildflower seeds, native to your region (be mindful that you do not choose an invasive species & since it is December, I ordered my seeds from the Vermont Wildflower Farm, one of my favorite places when I lived in VT. )
Recycled paper approx. 1 sheet per bomb (newspaper the most environmentally friendly choice or shredded paper from an office, pre-shredded saves you a step!)
Old blender that you are not attached to (paper can be rough on a blender so act accordingly)
Cheesecloth, muslin or kitchen towel
Cookie trays (to dry the Seed Bombs on)
Step 1: Shred paper and place it in a bucket. Cover with warm water and let it soak overnight.
Step 2: Take two small handfuls of the saturated paper and place in blender; add warm water until the paper is completely covered. Set the blender on “whip”. Whip until it looks like overcooked oatmeal. Remember, small batches in the blender are important, you don’t want to ruin your blender.
Step 3: Repeat Step 2 until all the saturated paper has had a ride in the blender. Place pulp into a large bucket.
Step 4: Toss the perennial wildflower seeds into the bucket along with the pulp. Mix well to make sure that the seeds are evenly distributed throughout.
Step 5: Strain the pulp through the cheesecloth, muslin or kitchen towel. Pull up the corners of the towel and twist, to release as much water as possible. You can do this step outside or over a bowl. The collected water can be used to water your household plants.
Step 6: Roll pulp mixture into golf ball sized spheres and place them on the cookie sheet.
Step 7: Let them dry in a warm, but not hot, place for two days. You don’t want them to begin germination.
Step 8: After the Seed Bombs are dry, you can package them however you wish. Be sure to include a little information about the type of seed, as well as a witty note and/or quote (I’ve given you some examples below!).
Step 9: Instructions: Throw and they will grow.
Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them. –A.A. Milne
The greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. –Roald Dahl
Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart. –A.A. Milne