Friday, 21 September 2012

Seed Ball Scattering - An autumn gardening idea



This is a suggestion for an autumn-themed, mini garden project for children and adults alike. The scattering of Seedballs is an introduction to easy gardening, and will be an interesting activity with school groups; playgroups; scouting groups; brownies and guides, etc to enable the following of the growing process of wildflowers, as the balance of warmth and rain and/or watering happens.

I am now part of a team where my role is to write a blog which helps with the marketing and communication of consumer products and so am very much focused on the business world. This has meant I’ve taken my eye off the ball somewhat in regard to matters of community interest and educational ‘goings on’. I’ve returned to my comfort zone, because today I am back to writing this educationally themed post at Not Compulsory. And I’m straight to the job of keeping a firmer eye on the natural world for once.

Moving away from this activity idea for a moment, you may remember that I mentioned, on previous occasion, the work of The Bloomtrigger Project. Bloomtrigger has recently moved through and out of its pilot phase - which was to get primary schools in the UK to enrol in an award scheme that helped in the raising of money to help protect an area of Amazonian rainforest.
  
MAYA is another project that is a follower, like Bloomtrigger, of a permaculture principle. Such organisations, by design, help the efforts made by others move toward a sustainable future. This can be achieved not just through education, but through research, enterprise and campaigns. For more information see www.mayaproject.org

So MAYA have produced little Seedball sets that make it easy to grow wildflowers, bearing in mind the importance of creating areas of natural habitats, no matter how small, that will attract insect pollinators, such as bees, thus supporting local biodiversity.

The Seed balls are designs for scattering and are made using ancient techniques. Each ball, a mini eco-system, is a one centimetre sphere of clay and compost which contain the seeds. When rain permeates the clay the nutrients and minerals start to do the important work of helping with the germinating and sprouting of the seedlings. The clay, once a protective casing, will slowly degrade. Please note: A smidgen of chilli powder is also included in the Seed ball to deter predators organically.

Pack varieties (20 Seed balls in a pack) include a bee mix; butterfly mix; poppy; forget-me-not and oxeye daisy. Seed balls will work well in any environment, and they're particularly useful in dry/arid areas where rainfall is unpredictable, and in land/soil that is degraded. As well as gardens, urban areas, flower pots and other containers. Can be scattered any time of year, however two seed ball varieties are best scattered in autumn (forget-me-not and poppy). So what are you waiting for!

The SEED:Ball Store is run by project MAYA, with all profits used to fund MAYA's activities to help make the world a better, happier, and more sustainable place.



Wildflower Mix (and others) is also available to buy on Amazon


Please share your ideas for Seed Balls by leaving a comment 

2 comments:

  1. Hi Aniruddha, sorry for not replying sooner, but only just saw your comment. I did not prepare the seed balls myself, I purchased them. You can buy direct from the company Seedball, from their stockists (lists on the website) or from Amazon. Links are in the post. Best wishes.

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