How to Make Seed Bombs (And Not Get in Trouble Doing It)

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I've always like the idea of seed bombs. Little nuggets of clay, compost and appropriately-selected seeds that can be used to help green wasteland and otherwise neglected areas. Kimberley already showed us how one vending machine dispenses seed bombs for guerrilla gardening fun, and Bonnie has marveled at the fact that seed bombs are a business now. But it's worth being careful. As David noted in a separate post, seed bombing could actually land you in jail. Fear not, however. Now Leo Hickman has a most helpful article over at The Guardian on both how to make seed bombs, and how to use them so you a) don't end up in trouble, and b) don't wind up doing more harm than good.

Seed Bombing 101
In his excellent introduction to seed bombing, Hickman notes that while seed bombing may seem like a new invention of hipster, urbanite environmentalists, it is actually an ancient practice that can be traced back to Japan. Inspired by the relaase of a new book by Josie Jeffery called Seedbombs: Going Wild with Flowers, Hickman excerpts a recipe for seed bombs that includes some surprising special ingredients for deterring pests from your newly bombed seeds. (Although calling wild animals feeding on seeds spread on waste ground "pests" seems a little unfair to me...)

Keeping Seed Bombing Nuisance Free
Crucially, Hickman also includes some tips and guidance from Jefferey on how to avoid trouble with the law, how to avoid upsetting land owners and, of course, how to make sure you leave a positive impact. Much of the advice is pretty much common sense – from choosing non-invasive, preferably native seeds, to avoiding farmland at all costs, it is not exactly rocket science. Nevertheless, it's good to see the ethics of seed bombing being covered alongside the practicalities.