Become a nature guerillero: make your own seedbombs (Google / Ecologist)

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http://www.theecologist.org/green_green_living/gardening/867935/what_is_a_seedbomb.html

What is a seedbomb?

Josie Jeffery

In an exclusive extract from her new book, Seedbombs: Going Wild with Flowers, author and gardener, Josie Jeffery, explains the seedbomb phenomenon

When I tell people I make seedbombs, they look puzzled and ask, ‘What is a seedbomb?’. They think they are edible (some fancy new superfood) or a cosmetic product. Rarely do people think they are horticultural. I smile and begin a well-rehearsed explanation. Firstly, they are NOT EXPLOSIVE OR EDIBLE! A seedbomb is a little ball made up of a combination of compost, clay and seeds.

‘What is it for?’
The compost and clay act as a carrier for the seeds so they can be launched over walls or
fences and into inaccessible areas such as wasteland or railways. ‘But what is the point? Why can’t you just throw seeds loose?’ Most seeds are very light and there is risk of them being blown away by the wind, making them unsuitable for launching long distances.

‘How do I make them?’
There are various ways of making seedbombs. You need to find a carrier for the seeds. My method uses natural ingredients – compost and clay. The compost offers nutrients for the seeds to germinate and grow strong during their infancy and the clay binds the seedbomb, making it hard enough not to break when it hits the ground.

‘How do they work?’

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Guerrilla Gardening (Google / Green Daily)

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http://www.greendaily.com/2010/01/08/guerrilla-gardening/

Guerrilla Gardening

by Cat Lincoln

How many times have you walked or driven past a vacant city lot and wished that someone would do something with that space?

In some case, Guerrilla Gardeners are taking action themselves, transforming neglected land into community parks, flower patches or urban vegetable gardens.

Richard Reynolds, the subject of the video above, is the author of “On Guerrilla Gardening” a book about this form of green direct action, which is almost 400 years old and practiced in more than 30 countries.

A manual for gardening without land (Google / Plenty)

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http://www.plentymag.com/blogs/garden/2008/06/a_manual_for_gardening_without.php

A manual for gardening without land

On Guerrilla Gardening: A Handbook for Gardening without Boundaries just came out, and it’s well worth a look from anyone considering gardening “underground.” Divided into two parts, author Richard Reynolds’ work discusses the history of the guerrilla gardening “movement” and, for inspired, would-be guerrillas, he also offers helpful how-tos. As you may know, guerrilla gardeners work to beautify — or, at least, to better use — land which is not technically their own. They often turn their attention to public spaces like those ugly median strips along highways and roads, but privately held, abandoned lots or, say, any wastelands languishing between buildings are also fair game. Some people carry their trowels and seeds under the cover of darkness, but others garden with impunity in the middle of the day. How it all turns out depends on the weather — and the attitudes of the real property owners, city fathers, and passersby. Continue reading A manual for gardening without land (Google / Plenty)

Seed bombs for guerilla gardening (Funnytimehappygardenexplosion)

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Hello, I am an empty lot. I exist in your neighborhood. I’m just a big patch of dirt and some trash. I make my neighbors feel uneasy and sad. No one likes me and it makes me sad too. All over, it is a lose-lose situation.

But maybe you can help me? All I need are some seed bombs. They’re cheap and easy to make. And if you do it right, they are completely self automated and great for the environment. They will be a sight for sore eyes and they will make everyone happy. Especially the butterflies.

Seed Bombs Ingredients
1) powdered clay
2) worm castings
3) wildflower seeds indigenous to the area
4) water
5) mixing container
6) stick

How to Make a Seed Bomb
1) mix 5pt powder clay, 5pt worm castings, 1pt seeds in a mixing container.
2) add just enough water to make a nice muddy clay consistency
3) roll up the mixture into little balls like gum balls
4) let dry in a cool dry place for like 3 days
5) throw them in empty fields.

The middle bomb is a great size.

How they Work
A seed bomb is a little capsule with everything you need to grow a plant all bundled up. The clay has lots of root-encouraging nutrients. The Worm Castings will give the seeds a nice fertilizer, good for land that hasn’t been cultivated or worked on for a while. The indigenous seeds are custom made for your area. They will know how to grow given the conditions.

Now all they need is a nice rain. The perfect time to throw these is right before a light rainy season. The rain will melt the clay to expose the seeds, and your seed bombs will grow.

We had a seed bomb workshop in November. We used California Poppy seeds. Unfortunately there was no rain this year, so we have a whole bunch saved for this fall.

Now it’s your turn. Make seed bombs. Invite your friends. Make your city greener.

The rise of guerilla gardening (Google / Progressive Review)

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http://prorev.com/2008/06/rise-of-guerrilla-gardening.html

THE RISE OF GUERRILLA GARDENING

LA TIMES Scott is a guerrilla gardener, a member of a burgeoning movement of green enthusiasts who plant without approval on land that’s not theirs. In London, Berlin, Miami, San Francisco and Southern California, these free-range tillers are sowing a new kind of flower power. In nighttime planting parties or solo “seed bombing” runs, they aim to turn neglected public space and vacant lots into floral or food outposts. Part beautification, part eco-activism, part social outlet, the activity has been fueled by Internet gardening blogs and sites such as GuerrillaGardening.org, where before-and-after photos of the latest “troop digs” inspire 45,000 visitors a month to make derelict soil bloom. “We can make much more out of the land than how it’s being used, whether it’s about creating food or beautifying it,” says the movement’s ringleader and GuerrillaGardening.org founder, Richard Reynolds, by phone from his London home. His tribe includes freelance landscapers like Scott, urban farmers, floral fans and artists. . . Continue reading The rise of guerilla gardening (Google / Progressive Review)