Friday, April 17, 2009

Bombs Away

If you live in an urban area, you no doubt are aware of at least one abandoned lot, 4-way intersection, or overgrown slope that could use a bit of sprucing up. The cheap, easy, and covert solution? Seed bombs. With a minimum expenditure of effort on your part, you can literally plant the seeds to change the landscape of your stomping grounds. 

Building the Bomb
The Materials:
-Biodegradable bags (such as pet waste bags)
-Potting soil (plan on using about 3/4c. per seed bomb)
-Cosmos, California poppy, or black-eyed Susan seeds

The Deal:
-Mix soil and seeds together in a mixing bowl (the soil should be slightly damp); set aside.
-Cut a 1" wide strip of the bag (lay a bag flat and cut 1" off of the entire length of one side); set aside.
-Lay the remainder of the bag open and scoop about a golf-ball sized amount of the seed/soil mixture into the center. 
-Pull all 4 corners of the bag up and twist into a pouch. Use the reserved strip of bag as a twist tie and secure at the top. 
-Wait about a week for the seeds to begin growing and then, bomb's away! 

I am entirely indebted to the current issue of OrganicGardening magazine for this idea. Great publication. And you can find the book at the top here.
*Small Measure: Sow the seeds you want to see in the world. I'm borrowing a bit liberally from Ghandi here, but I think he would approve. If you see something that needs to be done, hop to it! 

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P. said...

Love this idea. They're doing it all over Brooklyn, especially in the more industrial-looking areas. It's a fabulous project.

Photos 01 said...

Hey, I like your idea of seed strips! Do you ever take still life images of your flowers? I do. Today, I posted a still life image of black-eyed susans; yesterday I posted one of the chicory wildflower. Come visit me at

Emily said...

Seeing a patch of pretty color in an urban area is so refreshing. I'm so glad that spring is here and our flowers are blooming. The extra rain has helped a lot too - color everywhere in our yard!

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful idea! Thanks for sharing.

sk said...

How lovely! I can't wait to check out this book, and that issue of OG!