Sometimes a no-dig gardener's gotta do what they've gotta do and if that means chucking things around and hurling stuff everywhere; well so be it.
I'm talking about these vacant, unloved public spaces that some poor schlepper has to sneak out and beautify with flowers and vegetables.
You know who I'm talking to, you know it's you... and you know if it's not you, then it will be soon.
Without further ado, here's what you do...
First the recipe:
* 5 parts dry clay
* 3 parts dry organic compost
* 1 part seed
* 1 – 2 parts water
Clay comes in all colors and quality. Red potter's clay is perfect and can be bought online. Also garden centers, craft shops or farm suppliers sometimes sell clay powder.
Often if you dig down under your top soil to the subsoil, you'll find clay. Make sure you go deep enough so there's no sign of weed seeds. Excavations for building sites, ditches, drains or roadworks may also yield clay. This clay might need to be dried in the sun then any lumps smashed out of it with a spade or brick.
After mixing together all of the dry ingredients, slowly add water to the mixture to make a stiff dough. Add only enough water so that the mixture sticks together, but you don't want a dry, crumbly mix so that it won't role into balls.
When you get your mixture just right, make it into cherry or marble sized balls.
The next step is to dry them completely as quickly as possible to prevent the seeds from premature germination. With good weather the drying process should be around 48-72 hours. Some people dry them in the sun, but best not to as this could kill the seeds if they get too hot.
That's it. Get yourself and any other willing troops ready. Your seed bombs are smokin' hot ready to sprout into action.
Actually they are hard and cold, so keep them that way until you are ready to do your random hurling. And another actual fact is that before they sprout they will most likely go through a sleep-over amongst some weeds. Fall/Autumn is the popular time for seed ball distribution and they land on the earth and wait for some rain to soften them.
Who knows where your seeds may land and what will grow!
You will need a certain amount of Mother Nature's cooperation to successfully seed bomb. You may have to contend with iffy weather, wayward walkers, swerving vehicles and most fearsome of all — bureaucrats! "Section 2, Sub Clause 3, Item 4... thou shall not... blah, blah, blah."
Otherwise those naughty seeds will grow their little hearts out for you and all the world to see.
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