Environmental Tip: Making Seedballs, thanks to http://www.milkwood.net !
On the 31/05/15, Milkwood held a free class on making seed balls and talking permaculture. I was engaged the whole time and even got to make my own seed balls, then take them home! What an awesome day!
All credit goes to http://www.milkwood.net for showing me how to make Seedballs, what they are and how good they are for the environment.
Seedballs are made from the below ingredients:
– 3 parts clay
– 1 part compost
– 1 part seeds (we used a combination of lettuce seeds and parsley seeds)
– Enough water (just to make it damp enough to roll into balls)
Mix three parts clay, with one part compost, then one part seeds (whichever vegetable seeds you like), then pour just enough water to make the mixture moist.
Using your hands, roll the mixture into tiny balls (about 1.5 cm in diameter).
Lay out to dry in a sheltered/shady position for approximately 2 days, then store with plenty of ventilation, until you’re ready to use them.
Using the Beauty:
Simply roll these little beauties into your veggie garden, on the ground wherever there is soil, or simply on the grass in your backyard. It really is this simple.
How these Beauties Work:
Once these beauties make contact with the soil, all they need is a heavy downpour of water, be this by the rain, or man-made rain i.e. the tap. The idea behind these Seedballs, is that the seeds within the Seedball, become protected right until they germinate. This means that birds will not be able to peck at these seeds, as the seeds become protected within this clay/compost/seed/water mixture, allowing the plant to fully develop and to become resilient to wildlife.
Now this, people, is such a clever idea! I’ve got a few at home ready to simply roll into my garden!
Now, you can say you have had a ‘ball’ of a time!
Have fun in the garden!