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Guerrilla Gardening with Seed Bombs

Turn brown city lots green with the help of seed bombs.


If the brown in your town has got you down, it’s time to start gardening undercover. The guerrilla-gardening movement has empowered urban farmers to green abandoned urban lots and other city spaces with covert gardening techniques. In the video above, you’ll learn one of the most simple guerrilla-gardening methods that you can put to action right away: seed bombs.

Seed bombs were pioneered in the 1970s by Liz Christy, a leader in the guerrilla-gardening movement. To make seed bombs, mix powdered nontoxic clay, water and the seeds of your choice into a thick paste. Then roll the mixture into 1-inch balls (or fashion into other shapes of your choosing), and let dry.

Once the seed bombs are dry, they’re ready to toss into brown lots. After a moderate to heavy rain hits the area, the clay in the seed bombs will melt, and the seeds will start growing. It’s that easy.

Watch the video above as Urban Farm editors Lisa Munniksma and Stephanie Staton take you along on their own seed bomb greening mission.

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This is a wonderful idea, and so necessary to help all pollinators that are imperiled now. I hope everyone will plant milkweed for Monarch butterflies in their gardens, and make a few seed bombs to spread in their communities. And don't forget--almost every native "weed" is the host plant for a butterfly or moth. Let the weeds grow!
Eco.Birder, Middletown, DE
Posted: 12/12/2013 1:06:35 PM
I recommend Johnny-jump-ups! They are so cute, like teeny tiny pansies.
Cheyenne, Seattle, WA
Posted: 12/12/2013 11:31:01 AM
I love the seed bombs ideal.
Lori Ann, South Fulton, TN
Posted: 4/12/2013 7:18:55 PM
The best part was the end-LOL. I could see this maybe in some walk way areas but the problem is that if its in a public area, the city might just cut it up when they mow. You'd have to find the right place to do this.
Patrice, Fort Wayne, IN
Posted: 4/11/2013 10:10:15 AM

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