Now is a great time to make seed bombs. With the warming weather hinting at spring, you can spend some of the (still dark) evenings making seed bombs. Lob them over an unsuspecting fence, wait two to four weeks, and boom, you’ve got yourself an urban oasis.
But, there is another way to spread seeds around the urban environment, and one that’s much nicer for the inside of your bag – Seed Pills.
I don’t know where I first came across these little joyous capsules, but they are brilliantly easy to make, and simple to transport. As mentioned, they are self-contained and don’t leave little traces of themselves on your hands and inside your bag. They are also a lot smaller than traditional seed bombs, making their planting all the more discrete.
You use vegetable pill casings, which can be bought at health food stores or online, and then stuff them full of seeds and compost. Then, once they are thrown, dropped or left, moisture breaks down the casings, and causes the seeds to germinate.
Some things are important to keep in mind; the seed casings should be organic and vegetable based, so that they don’t contain any nasty chemicals that will leach into the environment. Also, the seeds and compost that you put in should also be organic, and most importantly suited to the area you are living in. It’s environmental warfare to launch little pills full of invasive species etc., so check that the flower or grass seeds that you intend on planting already grow and are suited to your area.
My pills contain a mixture of wildflower seeds which are intended to spread biodiversity, as well as providing food for the bees and butterflies. They’ll also provide a nice mix of flowers to the otherwise barren concrete spaces around this fair city.
If you have a go at making them, let me know how you get on.