How to make a seed bomb

Plant wildflower with seed bombs!

Created by guerrilla gardeners for brightening up public areas, seed bombs are great fun for children and adults!

Whether it's a planting pot, flowerbed, wild patch in your lawn or entire meadow, planting and sowing wildflowers provide vital resources to support a wide range of insects which otherwise couldn't survive in urban areas.

Throwing, breaking up or digging these balls into areas that need a little brightening up in your garden is a perfect way of spending an afternoon!

 What you need:

  • Meadow flower seeds or seeds collected from the garden
  • Peat-free compost
  • Water
  • Powdered clay (found in craft shops)
  • Mixing bowl.

What to do:

  • In a bowl, mix together 1 cup of seeds with 5 cups of compost and 2-3 cups of clay powder (you could use clay soil instead if you have it)
  • Slowly mix in water with your hands until everything sticks together
  • Roll mixture into firm balls
  • Leave to dry in a sunny spot
  • Now for the fun bit – plant by throwing your seed bombs at bare parts of the garden.

Top seeds to include

  • Wild thyme
  • Ladys bedstraw
  • Lawn chamomile
  • Red clover
  • Black knapweed
  • Common spotted orchid
  • Birds-foot-trefoil
  • Bulbous buttercup

Want to do more? Grow your own mini meadow or wild patch in your garden.