Making Seed Bombs

Dated: 01/29/2017

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Making Seed Bombs are an easy way to introduce wildflowers into your landscape in a way that allows a randomness to the placement which is an impact that you may want for wild flowers.

I would recommend starting out with using Texas Bluebonnets in your landscape, they are very easy to start, seeds are readily available and they do well with starting in the Fall which is awesome that it would be a great time to get these together and send them into your landscape for beautiful flowers in the Spring!  These guys are tough like Texas, they will do well over winter and will not flower until spring, getting them out now in the Fall allows for a great show in the Spring.

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First, order your Seeds, I like Baker Creek Heirloom Seed as a great source for Bluebonnet seeds as well as a variety of great seeds for your garden.  When ordering Bluebonnet seeds from them, you will find them by their scientific name Lupinus texensis and can order them here.

You will also need:

clay  You can buy powder clay at craft stores or buy Crayola Air-Dry clay at Walmart

compost

water

seeds Note:  I am recommending Texas Blue Bonnets for this application, but a variety of other wild flowers are great too, perhaps using milkweed seeds for the Monarch butterfly larvae can feed on their leaves is something you would consider, here is some information about Milkweed Planting and Monarch Butterflies 

Monarch Butterfly on Lantana bush

Moisten clay. Mix clay with water until it is the consistency of yogurt or soft-serve ice cream.

Mix with sifted compost in a 1:1 ratio clay:compost by volume.  Portion the clay into the compost like creaming butter and sugar together, then roll it to form a log of clay and compost.

Add water so that the matrix is workable enough to make balls hold together, but not sticky. If it’s too sticky, mix in some sifted compost until you have the right consistency.

Pinch about a quarter to half-dollar sized worth of matrix off of your prepared clump.

Add some seeds.  I would say for Blue Bonnets about 3-4 seeds per seed bomb would work nicely.

Roll into a ball.

Air dry at room temperature until the batch is uniformly light color.

Now is the the fun part, take your seed bombs and toss them into your landscape where you would like to see a burst of Texas Blue Bonnets in the spring!


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