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Inspired by Demo at the Maker Faire
Now that it’s raining again in California, and weather will become balmy throughout most of the US during the next few weeks, it’s time to think about bombing our landscape—with wildflowers. These bombs, made with recycled newspaper, will absorb water, break down, and with a little luck provide substrate to nurture the seeds inside as they develop. Making seed bombs is kid-friendly provided that an adult supervises or operates the blender. Whip up a batch and toss a few by your fence or in a weedy area, and see what happens.
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Enjoy making and using your seed bombs, and please leave a comment about what and how you’ve beautified with them!
Friends’ and family’s yards
Neighbors’ yards with permission
Vacant lots near commercial spaces
Urban dirt strips
Near railroad tracks
Road divider strips
Places to Avoid Seed Bombing
State and National Parks
State and National Forests
Roadsides adjacent to any of these areas
Near running water: streams can relocate seeds
makes ~1 dozen
Newspaper: 2 newspaper flyers
Water: about 2 cups
Seeds: 1 – 2 packets
This is a good use for the weekly newsprint ads for grocery stores that get sent to local mailboxes. You’ll use 1-2 (about 3 sheets each) of these flyers. Shred the newspaper in a shredder and (if not cross cut already) cut into 1-2 inch strips. Tear up into small pieces by hand if you don’t have a paper shredder. Fill cup of immersion blender ¾ full of lightly packed newspaper, about 2 cups.
Add about 1 cup water and let soak in. Add another ½ cup or so of water to fill to the top of the paper. Blend with immersion blender. Stir up from the bottom with a spoon (there will likely be some unblended paper) and add another ¼ - ½ cup of water if needed to blend. Blend again until you have a thick, wet slurry of paper.
Pour slurry into a bowl. Grab a handful and squeeze out most of the water (kids love this part). Don’t make it too dry to mold, but it should hold its shape. Place squeezed handfuls in a bowl or on a plate. The mixture will be a rough claylike material.
You’ll have about ¾ cup of pulverized paper. This is good for about 1 packet of seeds, roughly ¼ - ½ tsp. depending upon the variety/size of seeds. If it’s much less, use two seed packets. If you’re using California poppy seeds, which are very small, use only ¼ tsp. (less than a packet). Add some extra if you’re using seeds from a few seasons ago.
Knead the seeds into the mixture. Pinch off chunks of about 1 tablespoon and roll into balls. Let dry completely on a plate.