Environmentally Sound Seed Bombs??

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Environmentally Sound Seed Bombs??
« on: July 03, 2007, 04:39:39 AM »
Greetings Everyone!
    The Miami chapter (we call ourselves "Tree-0-5", our area code is 305), is considering doing a bit of seed bombing.  But we are wondering if you know of any environmentally sound ways of doing so.  A BALLOON is by no means environmentally friendly! Has anyone used another material for this?  How did it turn out?  Any suggestions?
Thanks!
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Re: Environmentally Sound Seed Bombs??
« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2007, 06:28:54 PM »
I agree, it's amazing that it was ever thought reasonable to use plastic and glass and how some still recommend it.  Kathryn Miller a Californian artist is perhaps the most prolific seed bomber.  Read more about her work here:
http://greenmuseum.org/content/work_index/img_id-11__prev_size-0__artist_id-3__work_id-4.html
The basic formula is native seeds + clayish soil and compost, there is no need for any container although I know two guerrillas in the UK who go to the beautiful trouble of filling empty egg shells with the ingredients!

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Re: Environmentally Sound Seed Bombs??
« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2007, 04:37:13 AM »
Yah! This is great, I actually ended up stumbling upon this site on my research!  The pics from Miami's second dig should be up by tonight!
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Environmentally Sound Seed Bombs??
« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2007, 03:23:48 PM »
Ah I see,

I have just started to do this. I saw this message ages ago when it was first posted.

Anyway, I was making my seed bombs with some clay. It's very wet and slippy when moist, very easy to work with. But when it's dry, it's like a rock. I see here that you should mix a bit of compost with it. I'll do that and carry on so. Thanks for the tip.

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"The basic formula is native seeds + clayish soil and compost"

Re: Environmentally Sound Seed Bombs??
« Reply #4 on: April 13, 2010, 02:11:39 AM »
how about using rice as in rice paper as substitute for ballon?

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Re: Environmentally Sound Seed Bombs??
« Reply #5 on: May 22, 2010, 11:53:08 AM »
If you are only carrying a few, simply wrapping the compost/seed ball in some wet tissue will do. Wet newspaper  also works :)

Re: Environmentally Sound Seed Bombs??
« Reply #6 on: June 13, 2010, 09:43:25 PM »
What about putting the compst soil and seeds in tea bags? Has anyone tried that?
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Re: Environmentally Sound Seed Bombs??
« Reply #7 on: June 14, 2010, 09:32:46 AM »
I tried to start sunflowers in teabags last year to no success at all , i suspect they dry out too easily despite me watering them when they looked like they needed it .
there must be a simple origami bag/box that could be made out of rice paper type material , sown in the autumn when damper might just do it
There was a post a while ago about using the fibre based plug pots filled with soil and sealed up at the end , the very small ones are a good size and very  strong until damp.
maybe soil in teabags with a few `water retention crystals` would do the job , this material is commonly available in garden centres - it absorbs massive amounts of water and expands to hold it . :)
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Re: Environmentally Sound Seed Bombs??
« Reply #8 on: June 15, 2010, 05:08:56 PM »
This is such a fantastic movement! I'm going to start purchasing native seeds pronto and make some of these nifty bombs. Hopefully I can find some local garden centers that are willing to donate some seeds.

Re: Environmentally Sound Seed Bombs??
« Reply #9 on: January 12, 2011, 09:56:45 PM »
If you want some free seeds try FREECYCLE.com in your area... just ask and you will be surprised at how many people are happy to donate :)