Monday, March 21, 2011

Rain=Project Native Seed Bomb

Make & get out there! I used CA native poppies for these seed bombs.

Seed Bomb Recipe & caveats via the Urban Field Guide:
5pts dry red clay (to hold them together until the rain)

3 pts dry organic compost (for seedlings nourishment)
1 pt seed
1-2 parts water

*Combine dry materials, add water until a paste is thick enough to form penny sized balls. Allow the seed bombs to dry for 3-4 days in the sun. For those of you in California the seeds from lupine and california poppies are great plants to use.

Now while I LOVE this idea, and would encourage folks to try it out, I have a few caveats.

*Make sure that the seeds are for local native plants only. I know cities aren’t exactly natural, but we can still hope to encourage the wildlife that need native plants to take up residence. It would be totally irresponsible to throw seed around from non-native invasive species.

*Please stick to lots and city cracks only. Do not bomb any area set aside for wildlife. The ecosystem is fragile and I’d hate for your enthusiasm to have catastrophic interspecies effects!

L.A. local source list:

Here is a great local resource for clay:

2856 S. Robertson Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90034

Tel/Fax: 310-815-1525

For large orders of clay:

14400 Lomitas Avenue
City of Industry, CA 91746
Toll-Free: (800) 4-LAGUNA
Local: (626) 330-0631
Fax: (626) 333-7694


  1. Hi! This is Kristen from The Urban Field Guide. Thanks so much for sharing! Did you do a class assignment with the recipe? I love that!

    Great blog!

  2. Kristen! Thanks so much for visiting & the seed bomb recipe. I've used it multiple times...for fun around the house and in both my sons' schools. One is an after school gardening program I've launched with the help of talented & willing people and the other was in the classroom as part of the weekly natural science education in the garden. Always fun. Thanks for the recipe, information & stopping by Ramshackle Solid.

  3. What a very cool idea. I think I now have my next rainy day project or perhaps a fun activity for my elementary students. :)


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