Seeds Bombs Away! Your Guide to Guerilla Gardening

Ready-Made Seed Bombs

Some may see a real eye sore of barren land, but in your view it is the perfect location to implement your handcrafted weaponry.  In the shadows you quickly peak over your shoulder.  Others creep along next to you to join in on the ambush.  With one forceful throw – you find yourself immersed in guerilla warfare.  Only this kind of warfare is vastly different from a WWII scene; think seeds and un-loved land in lieu of machine guns and trenches.  A growing world movement; guerilla gardeners form gardens by throwing an assortment of seed bombs in open  land that could benefit from the beauty of a garden, but may be challenging to reach and spend time in for traditional sowing. Intrigued?

Those that participate in guerilla gardening are as diverse as the seeds they launch. Some do not have a space of their own to garden, yet wish to have the benefit of growing their own fruits, vegetables and herbs.  Others wish to build a sense of community in their area or to send a message about sustainable living.  Some want to memorialize a person with their seeds, while others would like to beautify areas that see the wear and tear of city life.

Learn How! (No camouflage required)

Choose a guerilla seed bomb that suits your selected area, purpose and climate.  Whether you find a deserted lot, a park, an empty planter/flower bed, or the side of a road; be sure to select low maintenance plants if you cannot visit the site regularly. Most seeds from Uncle Herb’s Favorites will work well. You should also decide the purpose behind your guerilla garden.  If you wish to be a witness to how your beautiful garden affects the community, don’t stuff your seeds in a balloon you will never see again. Rather, choose a seed bomb that can be easily spotted. Finally, select an area in the right climate.  Ideally, this is an area exposed to plenty of natural sunlight and rainwater.

Traditional Seed Bomb:  These bombs are comprised of clay soil, compost and seeds.  They are eco-friendly and very easy to make.  Keep in mind that they can get quite messy, and will work best in areas that are exposed to sun and water.

Step 1: In a large bowl, combine clay soil, compost and seeds at a ratio of 5:1:1.  Slowly pour in water until the consistency is moist enough to form a hardened ball.

Step 2: Roll out the seed bomb mixture about ½ inch thick using a rolling pin or wine bottle.  Using a small knife, cut into 2in. x 2 in. sections.

Step 3: Roll each section into a ball.  Once hardened, they are ready to throw.

Exploding Eggs: This method requires stuffing empty eggs with your favorite seeds.  The empty eggs will crack and “explode” seeds
upon hitting the ground.  These are much less messy than a traditional seed bomb, but they are slightly more challenging to make.  Be patient, and you’ll be tossing seed eggs in no time at all.

Step 1:  Wash and dry a free-range egg.

Step 2: Using a needle, poke a hole into each side of the egg. The holes should be large enough for the yolk to exit the shell.  Place a bowl underneath you, and using your mouth, blow through one end of the egg. Allow the yolk to dispense into the bowl, and save it for an omelet
later on.

Step 3: Find the largest hole on either side of the egg. Carefully fill the egg with about a ½ teaspoon of seeds.  Be patient, as this takes time!  Wrap the egg(s) in a cotton cloth so that they will not break when being transported. Unwrap the cloth and the egg is ready for tossing!

Other Ideas:  If you’re looking for some other ideas on how to join the forces of guerrilla gardening, many enjoy stuffing clear Christmas
ornaments, biodegradable pill capsules and balloons later filled with helium.  Be wary that each of these may suit your purpose, but have varying degrees of difficulty and environmental challenges once the seeds are airborne.

If you think guerilla gardening is the activity for you, which areas in your community could benefit from such a garden?

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  1. Hi,

    I guerilla garden in Virginia. When the state puts in a new off/on ramp, I bomb it with seed balls, just to make it a little nicer looking for people on their way to and from wherever. The state just puts down contractors grass and hay. They let nature do the rest, but it takes nature a while to repair the damage to a hillside. I also bomb construction sites. This used to not be an issue, but with the economy, we have several places that were cleared, and even had storm drains put in, but they have sat for a few years untouched, and become an eyesore. Anyway, the reason I am writing is to tell you what I have done recently. I sent 50 seed balls, which contain native flower seeds and two to three black oil sunflower seeds each, in a flat rate ($5.35) postal box, and $10 to an organization called Ransomed Heart in Colorado Springs. I did this because I remember seeing Mt. St. Helens 2 years after the devastation, and it still looked so bleak. I thought by sending seed balls to someone in Colorado to plant in the spring, may not replace the lost homes, but may just make things look a little brighter this coming spring and summer. A little bit of color can really make a difference in such a bleak environment. I sent only drought hardy native seed, because they have the best chance of survival and should not be invasive. I included the black oil sunflower seed, so it would grow into a food source for birds and small animals. Squirrels, chipmunks, and other animals may take and bury the seed balls as food for next winter, but that is fine, because it will increase the seed balls chance of success and disperse the seed balls over a wider range. So, if you know a person or organization in the Colorado Springs area, then send them some seed balls and maybe a few bucks. They may not need the money, but I am sure they know someone who does.

    The Lone Granger
    “Remember, if we all have a green thumb, then we will have a green planet.”
    “Just plant something!”

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