Step 2: Collect the other things you need
Besides the seeds, clay, compost and possibly chili powder, you also need:
- A bowl;
- A spoon to stir with;
- Water (little, you don’t need more than 50 ml);
- An empty egg box.
Step 3: mix!
Stir all the dry ingredients into the bowl. Then slowly add water drop by drop. Keep stirring until you notice that your mixture sticks together. Do not make it too wet.
Step 4: roll
Time for the real work: turn your mixture into balls with a diameter of about 3 cm. It’s enough to make about 10 seed bombs. You can flatten the flower bomb a little bit (so it becomes a flying saucer). This way it won’t roll about too long when you throw it.
If you have small seeds then make smaller bombs. If you make them about 2 cm, you can make 20 bombs from this mixture.
Step 5: drying & storing
You can keep your seedbombs well protected in the egg box. If, for example, if you want to carry them in your jacket pocket, they should be really dry. Let them dry for at least 3 days in the dark (!).
Every kind of seed needs different conditions to germinate. Some seeds need cold and others need warmth. This is also the case with light and dark. Because you’ll often use a seed mixture, some seeds might even already germinate during the drying of the flower bombs. You can still use them though!
Note: the longer you keep the seed bombs, the older the seeds and the less they’ll germinate when you throw them.
Step 6: throwing flower bombs
And now it’s time to throw your flower bombs: so go to that place in your neighborhood that could use some flowers! Preferably choose a spot with a fair amount of sunshine. Bring water to give the bombs a fresh start. If it doesn’t rain for a long time, it’s wise to water the bombs regularly.
If you can’t reach the spot to water the flowerbombs, preferably go on a rainy day, so that the seeds immediately get a splash of water over them. That will give them the best chance of getting a good start. Or have fun using a supersoaker!
Step 7: Inspiring other warriors
Share your photos and story with other Guerrilla Gardeners. Let’s inspire each other to conquer that grey city and transform it into a green oasis. You can share through the Guerrilla Gardeners Facebook page, on Instagram with the #bloembom (#flowerbomb), the #bloemexplosie (#flowerexplosion) or by emailing the Guerrilla Gardeners.
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some more tips
Making your own seed bombs is fun and relaxing thing to do. After all, who wouldn’t be happy getting their hands dirty? Some tips for young and old.
- Take part in the flower bomb-challenge on April 22nd 2020: let’s throw as many flower bombs as possible!
- Organise a children’s party where children can make their own flower bombs.
- Give a nature education lesson in your classroom and put students to work.
- Assemble a workshop for a teambuilding or bachelor party
- Organise a workshop at a festival or in a museum.
- Give a ‘Happy Bee Package‘ as a birthday present, for Mother’s or Father’s Day or any other beautiful occasion.
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