Re: Seed Balls
- These wonderful inventions by Masanobu Fukuoka solved several problems:
--birds eating seeds
--seeds sprouting before sufficient moisture existed
--getting seed, especially smaller seed, distributed.
Making seed balls is fun--we recently had a "Seed Ball Party" with my
Sustainable Re-skilling Group.
We took potting soil, semi-moist compost, and locally gathered native
plant seeds, with a little clay powder added. We added just a little
clay powder (ground up unfired clay art projects or, actual clay that
has been finely ground up). We saved the rest of the clay powder in a
We gooshed this all up and then let the balls sit for a bit to dry out.
Then we rolled the balls in the pan of clay powder to coat the outside
totally with clay.
We then let them dry. We had collected lots of low, flat cardboard
boxes (the kind sodas often come in; we got them from the liquor
store) to carry our seed balls home.
Many of us tossed a few out the windows of our cars or off the back of
our bikes as we returned home. We chose likely spots, such as the
verge alongside the road where some shade existed.
We know these balls will protect the seed until enough rain has fallen
to break open the clay seal. The seeds then have all the nutrient they
need to get started.
This is a great project to do with kids, but adults really enjoy this
activity too. It's a really good one for doing a Fukuoka-style garden,
with radish, lettuce, carrots, tomatoes, and more.
For more about seed balls, just google the topic. You'll find lots of
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